The number of traffic accidents in the Netherlands increased sharply last year, according to figures from the Traffic Risk Monitor by the Dutch association of insurers VNV. Last year Dutch insurers registered 905 thousand damage claims related to traffic accidents, an increase of 8 percent, NOS reports.
A 27-year-old woman who died on Djakartaterras in Amsterdam on Sunday morning, was killed in a fall, RTL Nieuws reports. The police are considering three scenarios - an accident, suicide or a crime. The victim is Sofie Kerklaan from Amsterdam, according to newspaper AD.
A crane hit a railway bridge on Bosscheweg in Tilburg on Monday morning, causing train delays between Tilburg and Den Bosch throughout the day. The crane driver, a 35-year-old from Riel, injured his neck and was taken to hospital for examination, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
The collision damaged the bridge to such an extent that NS decided to close one of the two tracks running over the bridge. Trains can use the other track across the bridge, but only at a reduced speed of 60 kilometers per hour.
A freighter got stuck under a brand new bridge in the Groningen town of Noordhorn on Tuesday morning. The bridge is only 43 days old. No one was injured, AD reports.
The cargo ship was too tall to pass underneath the bridge. It came halfway through before it got stuck. Initially it was thought that a fire broke out on the ship, but this turned out not to be the case. The freighter will be pulled free this afternoon. The extent of damage to the new bridge is not yet clear.
A skipper and a sailor were injured in a collision between a freight ship and a ferry on Boven-Merwede near Gorinchem on Tuesday morning. Both victims were taken to hospital, NOS reports.
The freighter sailor's injuries seem to be minor. The condition of the ferry's skipper is unknown. There were no passengers on the ferry at the time of the crash.
Four people were injured in two separate accidents that happened during police chases on Sunday.
Three Dutch people were killed in a serious accident with a wrong-way driver on the A67 near Rüsselsheim, Germany on Saturday night. The victims are a family from Sittard, the Limburg police confirmed to newspaper AD.
The number of fatal traffic accidents involving e-bikes is increasing, especially among older people. Since 2014 a total of 79 people in the Netherlands died in an e-bike accident, 87 percent of them older than 60 years, according to police figures in possession of newspaper AD.
Two bodies found in the water of the Thijssengracht in Giethoorn on Monday, were identified as two Polish seasonal workers. Their car crashed into the canal last week, and they had been missing since, AD reports.
The victims are two men, aged 24 and 44 years. After the accident, divers searched the car and canal, but could not find the victims. Investigation confirmed that the two Polish men were the occupants of the car.
Two bodies were found in the water of the Thijssengracht in the Overijssel village of Giethoorn on Monday morning. The police are investigating.
The area is closed down to the public and there are police and firefighters on site, according to RTL Nieuws. The police are trying to identify the victims.
The police are investigating whether there is a connection between the two bodies found and an accident in the village last week. A car crashed into the canal, and the occupants of the car has been missing since.
Four people were injured when a hot air balloon carrying eight people made a crash landing near Zeijerveld around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. No one sustained serious injuries, according to Dagblad van het Noorden.
The hot air balloon got into trouble due to the bad weather, according to the broadcaster. The 53-year-old operator tried to do an emergency landing several times, but was blown into the air by the strong wind. At one point the balloon crashed into a tree.
The balloon was seized by the police and the aviation police are investigating the accident.
Seven people were injured when a bus driving on a bicycle path and crashed into a viaduct over a bicycle tunnel in Apeldoorn on Thursday, NU.nl reports.
A spokesperson for the police told the newspaper that one person was seriously injured and rushed to the hospital in a trauma helicopter. Another was taken to hospital by ambulance. According to Metro, this was the bus driver. The other five injured were treated by paramedics on site and sent home.
A 9-year-old boy lost his hand in an accident on the Markermeer on Monday afternoon. The boy was swimming on the lake with friends, using a sailboat as a dive board. When the boy jumped, his hand got stuck somewhere on the boat and tore off, RTL Nieuws reports.
Exactly what went wrong is not yet clear. According to a spokesperson for rescue organization KNRM, eyewitnesses say the boy's hand got stuck on the rigging - a thick rope or steel wire that keeps the mast attached to the ship. The sailboat was about 15 kilometers from Enkuizen at the time.
On Tuesday website GeenStijl published a screenshot of the online police system showing the name and ethnicity of a driver that crashed into a group of pedestrians at Amsterdam Central Station in June. The Amsterdam police is shocked by this leak. They believe that a police officer must have sent the information to the controversial news site and promise to get to the bottom of it, the Volkskrant reports.
A 10-year-old girl who was hit by a car in a parking lot in Lauwersoog on Sunday afternoon, died of her injuries. Her 45-year-old father was also killed in the accident, RTL Nieuws reports.
A man and two children were hit by a car in a parking lot in Lauwersoog, Groningen on Sunday. The man was killed and the two children were injured, one seriously. The police believe the man was the father of the two children. Both kids are in hospital, RTL Nieuws reports.
The accident happened on a parking lot at the entrance to the boat towards Schiermonnikoog. Witnesses say the driver, a woman, swerved to avoid an accident with a bus and hit the tree pedestrians. The woman was questioned by the police.
A Tesla crashed through the wall of a home on 1e Brandenburgerweg in Bilthoven during a police chase early on Friday morning. The home's facade sustained a lot of damage. The fire department is investigating the home to assess the risk of collapse, AD reports.
There were four people in the electric car. According to the police, the driver ignored instructions to pull over and there was a short chase. How the accident happened is still unclear. The police are investigating.
Safe traffic association VVN would like to reduce the number of men's bicycles on Dutch roads. According to the association, the high top tube on men's bicycles is more dangerous than the lower tube on women's bikes, ANP reports.
A family from Eindhoven was in a serious accident in Serbia on Sunday afternoon, while on the way back from vacation. The mother was killed in the crash. The father and young son were hospitalized in critical condition. The daughter was questioned by the police as part of the investigation into the accident, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch-Turkish family was driving near Belgrade around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday when the accident happened. Exactly what happened is unclear. According to Eindhovens Dagblad, a truck was involved.
A man was found critically injured in a car on Isenburgstraat in Breda on Thursday night. The police believe he was assaulted. The injured man was taken to hospital, AD reports.
Witnesses saw two perpetrators flee around 11:10 p.m. The car the man was found in was parked in a parking ot near the Broekakker. The car's windows were broken and its tailgate stood open.
No trains are traveling between Leeuwarden and Zwolle on Monday morning after a person was killed in a fatal accident on the N31 near Widrum in Friesland. A car drove down the slope and ended up next to the track. According to broadcaster NOS, the car caught fire and the driver was killed.
The driver was the only person inside the car. The N31 was closed down in both directions so that emergency services could do their work.
Four people were hospitalized when their car crashed into a canal in the Friesland town of Waskemeer on Sunday evening. Two of them, a 9-year-old boy from Leeuwarden and a 19-year-old woman from Haulerwijk, are in critical condition, the police said in a statement.
A total of six people were in the car when it crashed int the Haulerwijkstervaart on Compagnonsweg. All six were taken to hospital, two were discharged after being checked over.
Bystanders managed to help some of the car's occupants out of the water while emergency services responded.
A 55-year-old man was found dead in his home in the Overijssel town of Slagharen on Sunday morning. The police are investigating whether he was murdered.
The home is located on Geert Michelsweg. According to Tubantia, the police closed down the street on Sunday morning and a team from the Netherlands Forensic Institute and two fire trucks were at the scene.
Another cyclist died after being hit by a car in the Zeeland town of Hulst on Monday evening. This is the second cyclist killed in a road accident in Hulst this week.
Monday's accident happened on Oud Ferdinandusdijk. The diver of the car was arrested. So far no information was released about the identity of the victim of the motorist.