Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
A 26-year-old mum and her 10-month-old baby have died in a horror smash when a car driven by her sister swerved off the road and overturned.
The car is said to have cartwheeled several times before ending up on its roof in dense foliage.
The incident took place on National Route No. 157, near the city of Recreo, in the north-western Argentinian province of Catamarca, near the border with Chile, at approximately 4:50 PM on Monday, 6th June.
The driver has been named as Sofia Galindez Martinez, 30, who was travelling in the vehicle with her sister Consuelo Galindez Martinez.
Consuelo’s 10-month-old baby, who has been named as Alba, was also in the vehicle, according to Catamarca Police.
The mum, who was from San Miguel de Tucuman, the capital of Argentina’s north-western Tucuman province, reportedly worked as a speech therapist, and she was taken to hospital along with her daughter after the accident but they reportedly died shortly after arriving.
The causes of the accident are currently under investigation but local media is reporting that Sofia lost control of the grey Fiat Punto, which came off the road and rolled over several times before coming to a stop in dense foliage with its wheels in the air.
The two young women and the baby were taken to the Dr. Liborio Forte Zonal Hospital in the nearby city of Recreo, but the mother and her baby sadly succumbed to their injuries.
Sofia remains in hospital in serious condition.
A third sister, named in reports as Delfina, reportedly took to Instagram and said: “My angels, I carry you in my heart, my sister, my Albita. You came to teach us that nothing really matters, but everything is valued immensely. Love you.”
The College of Speech Therapists of Tucuman, where Consuelo had received her degree, also issued a statement, saying: “The Board of Directors expresses its deepest condolences to the family and close friends of Consuelo Galindez Martinez.”
The police investigation into the tragic accident is ongoing.