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6-year-old boy killed in Gilbert crash

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area of Baseline Road and Val Vista Drive while officers investigate, police said.

GILBERT, Ariz. — A 6-year-old boy has died following a two-car crash on Thursday afternoon, according to the Gilbert Police Department. 

Officers responded to the collision at the intersection of Baseline Road and Val Vista Drive around 2:30 p.m., police said. 

The child was located and transported to the hospital in critical condition where he passed away shortly thereafter, police said. 

A reconstruction team is on the scene to determine the cause of the crash and drivers are being asked to avoid the area for the next several hours. Southbound traffic on Val Vista Drive from U.S. 60 will also be restricted. 

There has been no word from officials on other injuries. 

This is a developing story. 12 News will update as more information is provided.

Driving Safety Tips: 

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) offers driving tips to help keep people safe on the road. 

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website. 

ADOT's suggestions include: 

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively 

  • Never drive while under the influence of substances 

  • Avoid distractions while driving 

  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same 

  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over 

  • Stay extra aware in work zones 

  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous 

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here. 

"Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT," the department said. 

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