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HOW COULD THE PARENTS BE THIS IRRESPONSIBLE? Above shows a crash in Russia which left an infant perilously lying in the path of oncoming traffic.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia - Poor weather conditions and irresponsible driving behaviour led to a near-tragedy for one unfortunate infant in Russia.

A video uploaded to YouTube captured a horrific crash in Russia - an infant being flung into the path of oncoming traffic.

The video shows a Mitsubishi Outlander lose control on a frigid road in Nizhny Novgorod. The crossover SUV crashed into a Scania truck losing a portion of its rear.

DRIVER TO BLAME

An infant was jettisoned from the Mitsubishi and lay in the path of oncoming vehicles. There's a cringe-worthy moment when a massive truck appears to pass within metres of the baby.

Fortunately, the driver managed to rescue his ejected child before tragedy stuck.

What caused the accident? Why was the baby ejected from the vehicle?

The answer - an irresponsible driver.

VIDEO

Russian officials report that driver Dmitry Aliev (53), illegally crossed a solid white line in order to overtake before losing control in the frigid conditions.

Instead of being strapped into a child seat, the baby was placed on a blanket on the parcel shelf under the rear window rather.

She was treated in hospital for bruises, concussion and a damaged lip but appeared to have escaped serious injury.

Russia’s parliament is currently considering a law that will increase fines for not having a child seat or not strapping a child into one from the equivalent of R100 to R1000.

Police report in 10% of road accidents involving children in Russia, children are found not strapped in.
What should the punishment be for not strapping your infant in a child seat? Surely, R100 is a pathetic fine. Have you seen similar incidences on our roads?

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