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Nine road deaths in Belgium over weekend

2 May 2005

BRUSSELS – At least nine people were killed in road accidents at the weekend in Belgium, according to French-language daily Le Soir.

One teenager was among the dead.

The body of a 17-year-old boy was found on Saturday at about 3.50 am along the rue de la Loge in the Walloonian village of Bois-de-Lessines.

He appeared to be the victim of a hit-and-run accident on Friday night and was found by police alerted by his parents.

Another teenager survived a hit-and-run on Molenstraat street on Friday in the Flemish town of Denderhoutem.

The 14-year-old boy was wounded after a car backed up into him, but managed to make it back home on his bicycle and was later listed in stable condition.

The car however has yet to be identified.

On Saturday at 5 pm a 50-year-old man from the Walloon town of Gourdinne was killed instantly on the N5 motorway heading towards Charleroi when his car hit a post after a failed passing maneuvre.

The two occupants of the other car were ejected from their vehicle and seriously wounded.

Half an hour later two 24-year-olds from Tielt-Winge were killed at Nieuwrode when their car collided with another vehicle at the crossroads of the N23 in the Aershot-Tirlemont and Groenstraat directions.

The driver of the other vehicle, a man in his sixties, was seriously injured.

Also on Saturday, a 67-year-old man died at the wheel of his car around 1 pm after failing to yield the right of way on an access road to the N451 motorway and colliding with a truck in Kieldrecht.

And on the night from Saturday to Sunday a 40-year-old resident of Maldegem died instantly after loosing control of his car and colliding into a tree off the Ramskappelle road.

Meanwhile a 28-year-old man from d’Emines in Walloonia died shortly after 4 am on Sunday when his car hit a road panel on the E411 motorway in the Namur-Brussels direction.

The driver died instantly but another man in the car as a passenger survived without injury.

The two men were returning from a Saturday night football match in Sclessin.

And shortly before 6 am on Sunday a 24-year-old man died in a road accident in his Flemish hometown, Geel.

His father and cousin, who were in the car with him, were unharmed, as was the 26-year-old driver of another vehicle involved in the accident.

At the same time, around 6 am, the body of a motorcyclist was discovered by a motorist on a road connecting Nassogne to Saint-Hubert.

The dead man appeared to be the victim of a hit-and-run accident and had been dead for several hours.

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Subject : Belgian news