Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:33
Boy saved in parade crash that killed mom; witness talks
The Carnival festivities in Ter Apel ended in tragedy on Saturday. An accident caused the death of a 33 year old woman. Her 2 year old son was also hit, but escaped unharmed. According to the AD, a bystander took pity on the boy and kept an eye on him during the commotion. During the parade in Ter Apel a car drove into the public, killing one woman and wounding five other people. The 81 year old driver became unwell before the accident. The 33 year old woman's parents were also hit by the car. Her father was seriously injured, but is out of life threatening danger. Marian van Nes saw the car driving into the public. She noticed a stroller lying upside down and acted quickly. "I picked up the little boy who was in it. He cried a bit but I got him calmed down." Later in the day, relatives of the boy's mother came to pick him up. Although the rest of the carnival festivities were cancelled, the prizes were still handed out. The 11 winners of the carnival parade decided to return the prize money to the organization, out of respect for the victims. The total prizes amounted to 1,500 euros. The organization has stated that the gesture is appreciated, NU reports.