A ONE-YEAR-OLD baby has been named among three fatalities following a tragic car crash near El Campello on the Costa Blanca.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the child, without success, according to sources from the Emergency Information and Coordination Center (CICU).

A 61-year-old man from the Netherlands has been confirmed as another fatality, while the baby was of Belgian nationality.

The identity of the third person killed is not yet known, though the two cars involved had Dutch and Belgian number plates.

TRAGEDY: Police believe the crash happened as the motorway forks and a driver may have taken a risky turning

The accident occurred at 15.00 on Sunday when the cars violently crashed into other just a kilometre before the toll.

Two ambulances were immediately mobilised, alongside a basic life support vehicle and a helicopter and Guardia Civil traffic agents.

The firemen of the Diputación de Alicante also sent five units to the accident site, and two helicopters.

Three more people are understood to be in hospital, two in the Hospital General de Alicante, and one in the Hospital de Sant Joan d’Alacant.

The traffic in the direction of Alicante was completely interrupted on the Alicante ring road to facilitate the tasks of rescue of the victims, with traffic diverted to the A-70.

SCENE: The incident happened where the AP-7 forks

The road remained closed for three hours, before the AP-7 opened after 18.00.

The exact causes of the accident are not known.

A theory is that one of the vehicles suddenly reduced speed or made a risky manoeuvre to change lanes before a fork in the road.

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