Seven people die in weekend traffic

24th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — Seven people died in traffic accidents across the Netherlands at the weekend.

24 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — Seven people died in traffic accidents across the Netherlands at the weekend.

*sidebar1*A motorist was found dead on the road in the town of Oterleek, near Alkmaar, on Sunday evening. His car was lying in water nearby. Police suspect the man lost control of his vehicle and was thrown clear before the car crashed into the water next to the Huigdijk.

A 32-year-old man from Bodegraven was killed on Saturday afternoon when the minibus he was driving was not given right of way by a car. The minibus, with seven passengers, and the car, with three, ended up in a waterway at the edge of the road. Four people were injured.

A motorist, 18 and from Gersloot, was killed instantly when his car hit a tree in the Frisian district of Terwispel on Friday night.

An 87-year-old woman from Gendringen was fatally injured on Saturday morning when she failed to see an approaching van at a crossroads on the Waalseweg in Wijnbergen. She died later in hospital. The other driver was uninjured.

A 25-year-old cyclist was killed on Saturday night when she was struck by a car as she crossed the Ringbaan-Zuid in Tilburg. The car burst into flames after the accident but the two occupants managed to escape.

A car, with two people, smashed into a tree on Saturday night in Nieuw-Dordrecht in Drenthe Province. The male occupant was killed and a woman was taken to hospital in Emmen. Police say neither of the two were wearing seat belts.

A man, 51, died in hospital in Rotterdam after being hit by a tram on Friday afternoon.

The weekend death toll could have been far worse. The police said there were five pile-ups, involving 30 vehicles, on the A4 Amsterdam to The Hague on Sunday afternoon. Three people were slightly injured and 24 cars had to be towed away.

The accidents occurred near Nieuw-Vennep at about 4.15pm. The police suspect motorists failed to take sufficient account of the combination of the low-lying sun, the wet road and the busy traffic. The multiple accidents resulted in a 10-kilometre traffic jam on the A4 between Schiphol and Nieuw-Vennep.

A pet kangaroo was also knocked down and killed on the A58 on Saturday morning. It is unclear how the animal came to be on the road.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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