Traffic accidents throughout the Netherlands cost the lives of seven people over the weekend. Two children, both age 7, are in critical condition after being thrown from a car during an accident on the A50 near Ravenstein on Sunday evening.
The driver of a Stint cargo bike involved in a fatal collision with a train in Oss last year, is not to blame for the accident in any way. Four kids were killed in the crash. All witness statements show that she did everything in her power to prevent the collision between the Stint and a train, the police and Public Prosecutor said in their interim report on the investigation into the fatal collision, AD reports.
Last year over 153 thousand people died in the Netherlands. With nearly 47 thousand deaths, cancer remains the most common cause of death in the country, followed by cardiovascular disease which caused 25 percent of the deaths, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 1 percent of last year's deaths were caused by flu.
Two people were killed in a sport plane accident in Willemstad in Noord-Brabant on Friday. Their aircraft collided with another sport plane in the air, NOS reports
Both planes had to make an emergency landing. One aircraft landed safely, the other one crashed. The two people in the plane that landed safely were unharmed.
The two sport planes took off from Breda International Airport at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning. The plane that crashed, a Cessna 172R was on its way to Rotterdam, according Flightradar.
Myrna Reinhard, a 24-year-old medical student from Nijmegen, died in a bizarre accident while vacationing in Vietnam this week. The young woman was electrocuted while taking a shower in the hostel where she was staying in the popular coastal town of Hoi An, AD reports.
Two Dutch women were hit by a car near the Spanish village of Fresno del Camino on Sunday morning. A 63-year-old woman from Utrecht died in hospital. Her 67-year-old friend is in critical condition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to NOS after reports in Spanish media.
The accident happened on the hiking route to the popular pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela. The two women were walking through the city of Leon. They were hit by the car at a tunnel near Fresno del Camino, according to the broadcaster.
A construction worker was killed Tuesday morning in an accident at a parking garage construction site alongside the Amersfoort Zoo. The accident happened just before 10:45 a.m., and photos from the scene published by local news outlets showed an overturned metal staircase at the site of the accident.
No details were released by authorities early Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses told broadcaster RTV Utrecht that the accident involved the installation of the metal staircase.
An 18-year-old man was killed in an accident on Maasboulevard in Rotterdam on Wednesday. The young man was hanging - voluntarily, according to the police - out of the passenger-side window of a moving car when he hit his head against a pole standing by the road.
The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, according to newspaper AD. The car came to a stop over 200 meters from the pole. Emergency services tried to save the victim at the zebra crossing at Willemsbrug, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.
Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat is investigating whether there is a connection between three fatal accidents this past week, in which a total of nine people were killed. In all three cases, the cars collided with so-called matrix signs. Rijkswaterstaat will investigate whether these road signs played a role in the cause of the accidents, AD reports.
Four young men who were killed in an accident on the A12 highway in The Hague on Wednesday morning, are all connected to one family. The victims are three men from a Dutch-Turkish family, and a Dutch man in his 20s who was in a relationship with a woman from the Turkish family, Omroep West reports.
Four people died in an accident on the A12 highway near Prins Clausplein in The Hague during the early hours of Wednesday morning. At Ypenburg station, the car carrying the four victims ended up on its side and crashed into a traffic portal, NU.nl reports.
Multiple ambulances as well as a mobile medial team responded to the scene. The A12 was closed in both directions near the Prins Clausplein junction, until around 6:00 a.m. The highway was released after the heavily damaged wreck was removed.
Two of four men killed in a one-sided accident on the A1 highway on Monday morning, played for football club A.V.V. Columbia in Apeldoorn. The club is "shocked and baffled" by their deaths, A.V.V. Columbia said in a statement on their website.
Four people were killed in a one-sided accident on the A1 near Deventer on Monday morning. The highway is currently closed in the direction Hengelo to Apeldoorn, public works department Rijkswaterstaat said on Twitter.
The car crashed into a matrix sign and caught fire, according to NU.nl. Emergency services responded to the scene in large numbers.
The cause of the accident is not yet known. The police are investigating.
A holiday to Sri Lanka ended in tragedy for a family from the Noord-Brabant town of Zevenbergen. The family was involved in a serious traffic accident in Matale. Their 21-year-old son Timo succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night, RTL Nieuws reports.
A 46-year-old woman and her 7-year-old son were killed in a traffic accident on the N57 near Ouddorp on Thursday afternoon. The car they were in hit a truck head-on. There was also a dog in the car, which did not survive the accident, NU.nl reports.
The accident happened at around 5:15 p.m. The two people in the truck were severely shaken, but unharmed, the police said.
The N57 was closed in both directions for hours due to the police investigation and salvage work. The road opened again at around 9:50 p.m.
The cause of the accident is not yet clear.
A car with four people inside crashed into a tree in the Drenthe town of Hooghalen during the early hours of Sunday morning. A 20-year-old man from Westerbork and a 25-year-old man from Smilde were killed. Two others, a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy both from Westerbork, were seriously injured, the Drenthe police said on Twitter.
The accident happened on Laaghalerveen. The cause of the accident is not yet clear, the police are investigating.
The victims' families were informed.
A tank truck sped through an intersection on Jacques Dutilhweg in Rotterdam, crashing into a car and dragging it along. The truck then toppled, landing on the car. A 21-year-old man from Rotterdam, who was in the car, died in the accident, NOS reports.
It is believed that the tank truck came from an exit of the A16 highway. The truck driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The cause of the accident is not yet clear. Eyewitnesses told RTV Rijnmond that it seemed that the truck driver was unable to control the truck.
A Heerlen man who crashed into a group of festival attendees after Pinkpop will be prosecuted for causing the accident, which left one man dead and three others seriously hurt, as well as for leaving the scene of the accident, the Public Prosecutor in Maastricht confirmed to newspaper AD.
Four people were found dead in the water on Berkmeerdijk in Obdam on Sunday. They were identified as four workers for Borst Bloembollen in the town, who were missing since Friday. The police believe they crashed their car into the dike in a tragic accident, NU.nl reports.
The victims are three men aged 20, 21 and 21, and a 47-year-old woman, all from Poland. "Everything points to a tragic accident", a police spokesperson said to NU.nl.
The Netherlands' safe traffic association VVN will start giving Amsterdam Uber drivers traffic safety training next week. This training is mandatory for all Uber drivers in the Dutch capital who are under the age of 25, NU.nl reports.
A 23-year-old man from the Limburg town of Born died in Krakow in Poland over the weekend. The local police believe he fell from the roof of a hotel, where he was staying with friends, the Telegraaf reports.
A spokesperson for the police told the newspaper that the man likely climbed onto the roof of hotel Al Fresco to take pictures. It is believed that he slipped and fell. It snowed in Krakow over the weekend, and the roof was icy and slippery.
Whether the man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs is currently being investigated.
Uber is taking measures following a series of fatal accidents involving its drivers in Amsterdam. The ride-hailing service is increasing the minimum age for its drivers from 18 to 21 years, and new drivers must have at least a year of driving experience. Uber, in cooperation with safe traffic association VVN, is also developing a mandatory road safety course for all its drivers under the age of 25, NOS reports.
The age limit will only apply to new drivers, existing drivers who are under the age of 21 can continue to work for Uber.
The Dutch association for traffic safety VVN wants to ban Uber from the road after a series of fatal accidents involving Uber taxis. "Four deaths in six weeks and yesterday another incident in Amsterdam where a 9-year-old girl was seriously injured and the driver just drove off", Rob Stomphorst of VVN said to the Telegraaf.
A fatal traffic accident that left a 64-year-old man and his 33-year-old daughter dead was caused by an Uber driver, the ride-sharing platform reportedly confirmed to website TaxiPro. The crash happened on January 3 just after the victims dropped family off at Schiphol Airport.
Uber drivers are said to be involved in crashes that killed four people in Amsterdam over the past six weeks. The Uber driver in the January 3 crash is still in custody having allegedly used cannabis.