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A headline on www.bbc.com

India PM's wife survives fatal car crash

Is 'survives fatal car crash' correct usage?

As per Merriam-Webster one of the meanings of fatal is 'causing death'.

4 a : causing death • a fatal crash • a fatal disease • a fatal wound

This meaning appears to be relevant in this headline.

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    It means that the crash was fatal, probably for other people in the car, or in other cars involved, but luckily she survived, and actually: "One of her relatives died when their vehicle collided with a truck in the western state of Rajasthan. Ms Jashodaben, her bodyguard and the driver suffered minor injuries. Seven people were travelling in the SUV." bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42971500
    – user29952
    Feb 7, 2018 at 10:39
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    The report says "The vehicle Jashodaben was in collided with a truck on a national highway, killing one passsenger."
    – Kris
    Feb 7, 2018 at 10:44

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The article - presumably http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-42971500 - says

India PM Narendra Modi's wife survives fatal car crash

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's estranged wife, Jashodaben, survived a fatal crash on Wednesday on a national highway, police confirmed to the BBC.

One of her relatives died when their vehicle collided with a truck in the western state of Rajasthan.

Ms Jashodaben, her bodyguard and the driver suffered minor injuries. Seven people were travelling in the SUV.

So somebody died ("One of her relatives"), making this a fatal car crash, but Ms Jashodaben did not

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