Storm claims 7 lives in the Netherlands

19th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 January 2007 (first update)

19 January 2007 (first update)

AMSTERDAM — Seven people were killed in the Netherlands during the south-westerly storm on Thursday.

Deaths were reported in Sint-Oedenrode, Leersum, Riel and on the road between Arnhem and Ede.

The fatalities were mainly caused by falling trees.

A sixth fatality occurred in Oosterhout, but it was initially uncertain whether that was caused by the storm.

Police later said the motorist was killed after colliding with trucks that had stopped due to the stormy weather.

It brought the official national toll to six storm-related deaths.

The toll rose to seven later on Friday when a man died from injuries suffered after he fell from the roof of his barn in Staphorst.

Elsewhere, dozens of people were injured in accidents across the country.

A construction crane on top of a Utrecht university building toppled over and a bus ran off the road in Tholen, Zeeland.

In both accidents, six people were injured. In Tholen, five of the injured were children.

Two train drivers were injured when their locomotive collided with a fallen tree.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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