Belgian news in brief, 15 May 2006

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Fewer fatal accidents, The number of fatal accidents fell on a yearly basis by 8.1 percent in Flanders in February. There were fewer accidents recorded, figures released by Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt revealed. In Wallonia, accidents resulting in injury declined by 4.1 percent, but the number of deaths rose by 2.9 percent. In Brussels, there were more injuries but fewer fatalities.

Fewer fatal accidents

The number of fatal accidents fell on a yearly basis by 8.1 percent in Flanders in February. There were fewer accidents recorded, figures released by Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt revealed. In Wallonia, accidents resulting in injury declined by 4.1 percent, but the number of deaths rose by 2.9 percent. In Brussels, there were more injuries but fewer fatalities.

4 convicted over toddler's drowning

Two supervisors and two rescue staff were convicted in Ghent Court on Monday for causing the unintentional death of a three-year-old girl in 2002 in a Zelzate swimming pool. Three of the accused were given a suspended sentence. A trainee supervisor was given a symbolic fine of EUR 5. The child, Nicole, was enrolled at the Schippersschool ’t Molenschip in Evergem. On 16 October 2002, she went swimming with 41 other children and four supervisors. She was later found dead in a water rapids pool next to the children's wading pool.

Firefighters rescue dog from blaze

The fire brigade in De Panne rescued a dog from certain death over the weekend. Firefighters were called to a blazing apartment on Saturday night. The residents were not home, but firefighters found a dog still in the building. Ambulance staff then placed the dog under an oxygen mask until it regained consciousness. The cause of the blaze was probably a short-circuit in the kitchen. Extensive smoke damage to the apartment was reported.

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