Six dead as truck slams into Dutch village barbecue | News

Police say seven different persons are damage after a truck drove off the highest of a highway and ploughed into revellers.

Dutch police say six individuals had been killed and 7 others damage after a truck ran off the highest of a dike highway and ploughed into revellers at a neighbourhood barbecue.

The accident occurred round 6pm (16:00 GMT) on Saturday when the Spanish-registered lorry left the highway within the village of Nieuw-Beijerland, 30km (18 miles) south of Rotterdam.

The victims had been three ladies aged 28, 32 and 75, and three males aged 41, 50 and 62, all from the native space, police stated.

One of many injured was in important situation in hospital. Police first confirmed a minimum of two useless after the automobile drove into the crowded neighborhood barbecue, which Dutch information reviews stated was being hosted by an ice-skating membership.

“We now have six individuals killed and 7 injured, one critically after yesterday’s accident,” stated police spokeswoman Mirjam Boers. “We’re nonetheless investigating what precisely occurred.”

Pictures from the scene recognized the truck as belonging to the El Mosca firm based mostly in Spain.

Boers confirmed the 46-year-old driver from Spain was arrested “and was not drunk” on the time of the accident.

“He was arrested for inflicting a deadly accident and severe bodily damage. His function within the incident is beneath investigation. In the interim, we’re holding all eventualities in regards to the details open,” police stated in an announcement.

Emergency providers function on the scene after a lorry drove off a dike right into a neighbourhood social gathering [ANP via AFP]

‘Unimaginable unhappiness’

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima stated they had been “shocked” by the tragedy.

“We’re shocked and moved by the horrible accident in Nieuw-Beijerland final night time through which so many individuals had been killed. An unimaginable unhappiness inside this close-knit neighborhood,” they stated in an official message.

“The households affected are in our ideas and we want the injured energy on their option to the very best restoration.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte additionally despatched condolences.

“Horrible information … my ideas are with the victims and family of this horrible drama. I want them lots of energy,” Rutte stated on Twitter.

Quoting witnesses, the Rijnmond regional broadcaster stated the truck stopped for a second at a T-junction on the slim Zuidzijdsedijk dike, earlier than taking off and ploughing into the partygoers.

Three of the victims – a mom, son and daughter-in-law who was eight months pregnant – got here from the identical household, the broadcaster reported, quoting a neighborhood church announcement.

The incident has shaken the tight-knit neighborhood of the Nieuw-Beijerland area with police calling for extra witnesses to assist with the investigation.

“Because of the neighbourhood barbecue, many individuals had been current in the course of the incident,” police stated.

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