Supermarket accident truck's brakes 'worn out'
7 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM − The brake linings of the truck that crashed into a supermarket in the southern Dutch city Kerkrade killing three people on 25 June were completely worn out, it was reported Tuesday night.
7 July 2004
AMSTERDAM − The brake linings of the truck that crashed into a supermarket in the southern Dutch city Kerkrade killing three people on 25 June were completely worn out, it was reported Tuesday night.
The public prosecution in the German city Detmold has examined the German-registered vehicle, but the Dutch prosecution office in Maastricht was not immediately able to confirm the report's findings.
Nevertheless, the Dutch prosecutor said it had submitted a request for legal assistance with German authorities, requesting that the owner of the truck be placed under investigation, news agency ANP reported.
The driver of the truck was heard to shout shortly before crashing into the supermarket that he could not brake. He dodged a group of school children shortly before slamming into the building, but did not survive the accident. Two supermarket staff members were also killed.
And according to the German prosecutor, a layman could see that the brakes were totally bare and a criminal investigation has been launched into the actions of the company that owned the truck, Bad Salzuflen.
The company has in total 75 trucks on the road and justice authorities have questioned the drivers about the technical condition of their vehicles also.
The truck that crashed into the supermarket was given a road worthy approval in April and it is not yet known why the brakes could have worn out in such a short period.
Justice authorities are also investigating whether the vehicle inspection was conducted to the books.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news