Town mourns as five die in horrific crash

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18 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Dutch polder town of Zeewolde has reacted with shock to the deaths of five of its young people in a horrific car accident near Almelo on the A35 on Sunday morning.

18 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch polder town of Zeewolde has reacted with shock to the deaths of five of its young people in a horrific car accident near Almelo on the A35 on Sunday morning.

The five were killed when their vehicle collided with a guard rail and careered off the Enschede-Almelo motorway before exploding in flames, news agency ANP reported.

Police initially thought there were only four victims in the car. But hours after the  Disaster Identification Team (RIT) was called in to identify the charred remains, officers confirmed that five had been killed.

The victims were officially identified on Monday as four men aged 17, 19, 20 and 22 and a 20-year-old woman. Among the five victims were a brother and sister.

The accident occurred at the Henriëtte Roland Holstlaan and forced the closure of the motorway for several hours. The connecting road between the A1 (Apeldoorn-Hengelo) and the Almelo-bound lanes of the A35 was also sealed off.

When news of the accident reached the town on Sunday, young people gathered in the Kerkplein in the middle of the town. The church centre Open Haven then opened its doors to accommodate the mourners.

Zeewolde Council,church officials, health authority GGD and the Victims Assistance Bureau later gathered and helped counsel friends of the five victims in the youth centre Get Down on Sunday night.

More than 40 friends visited the scene of the accident and placed flowers there in memory of the victims. Some lingered and lit candles and supported each other until the others returned later that night.

The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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