Palmerston | 27 April 2012

Major Crash Investigators are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a two-year-old girl in Palmerston this evening.  Senior Sergeant Greg Pusterla said at this stage, it appears that the little girl was behind the minibus as it reversed from a unit complex in Pollux Court Woodroffe at around 6:00 pm when she was struck.

“Police, Fire and Rescue and St John Ambulance Officers attended and conveyed the girl to Royal Darwin Hospital. Unfortunately she passed away a short time later,” Senior Sergeant Pusterla said. “This is a tragic incident and investigations will continue to determine the exact cause and circumstances surrounding the crash.

“At this stage it appears alcohol was not a factor in the crash and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

News of the child’s death came hours after it was announced an additional ambulance crew would be stationed in Palmerston on a 24/7 basis.

Health Minister Kon Vatskalis announced today the NT Government has negotiated to have the additional vehicle and crew based at Palmerston as an interim measure for the next two months to deal with the increased demand on the service from the Federal Government’s Wickham Point Detention Facility.

The arrangement will be in place for the next two months while the NT and Federal Government negotiate a long term Memorandum of Understanding.

“I undertook to have this issue resolved as a matter of urgency and I can confirm from tomorrow St John will have an additional, fully equipped paramedic team based out at Palmertston to service Wickham Point as well as the surrounding area,” Mr Vatskalis said.

“The NT Government has agreed with the Commonwealth Government to have this resolved.”

The Commonwealth Government will ensure that the cost of ambulance call-outs to Immigration Detention Facilities in Darwin are met.

The Commonwealth is implementing a range of measures to reduce the number of call-outs which are expected to significantly reduce the impact on the NT ambulance service. This includes a 24 hour a day, seven day a week primary health service at the detention centre that has been fully functioning since April 13.

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