The truck driver who crashed into a German police car just across the Dutch border on Thursday morning, was under the influence of alcohol. A 23-year-old police officer was killed in the crash and two of her colleagues were seriously injured. One officer is still in critical condition, RTL Nieuws reports.
A 23-year-old German police officer was killed and two other officers were seriously injured in an accident with a truck on the A61 highway near Viersen, just across the border from the Netherlands. The German police were parked along the highway, waiting for the truck after the Dutch police warned them about the truck's driving behavior, NOS reports.
"A 20-year-old motorist from Wijchen apparently still had a Christmas angel on his shoulder on Wednesday morning", the police wrote about an accident on Amsterdam's Rokin which strongly resembles something out of the Final Destination movies. The young man crashed his car into a metal road separator. A metal pole shot through his windshield, missing him"by a hair", the police said in a statement.
The police are still looking for a truck that may have been involved in an accident on Sloeweg in Ritthem earlier this month in which two young children were killed. In the investigation into this accident, the police determined that the truck is from Slovenia, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.
A 5-year-old girl who was seriously injured in an accident on Sloewg Noord in Rhittem on Tuesday morning, passed away in hospital on Tuesday night, the police confirmed. Her 2-year-old brother was also killed in the accident.
A 2-year-old boy was killed and his 5-year-old sister was seriously injured in an accident on Sloeweg Noord in the Zeeland town of Ritthem on Tuesday morning. The boy died at the scene and the girl was rushed to hospital by trauma helicopter. Two adults were also injured, the Telegraaf reports.
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.
Dutch politicians want to intensify the fight against texting while driving. The VVD wants the police to always check a smartphone's history after a traffic accident, to see if it was being used during the accident, parliamentarian Remco Dijkstra said to the Telegraaf.
According to the VVD parliamentarian, the police can already check smartphones to see whether a driver had both hands on the wheel, but they rarely do so. The VVD also wants stricter punishments for smartphone use while driving. The party calls for the punishment for this to be the same as for drunk driving.
Monday was the busiest morning rush hour of the year due to a large number of accidents and rain in many places, according to the ANWB. At the peak of morning rush hour, there was 889 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads, NOS reports.
The Randstad and the southern parts of the Netherlands saw the most problems on Monday morning. There were long traffic jams on the A4, A58 and A12. On the A9 between Alkmaar and Diemen, there was a delay of up to 50 minutes.
Two people were killed in an accident involving a wrong-way driver on the A73 near the Roertunnel in Roermond on Sunday night. The drivers of the two involved cars died at the scene, the police said in a statement.
The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. The wrong-way driver drove through the tunnel northbound and crashed into another vehicle just outside the tunnel. First responders tried to help the victims, but it was to no avail. Both died at the scene. The police did not reveal the victims' identities.
A motorist crashed into the new Luxor Theater in Rotterdam at high speed on Thursday morning. When emergency workers tried to free the wounded man from the car, he vehemently resisted, RTL Nieuws reports.
The driver was taken to hospital for treatment. There a blood test was done to see whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the police reported.
The man crashed through the theater's glass front around 3:00 a.m. on Thursday. The damage to the building is being investigated. The police are also investigating how the accident happened.
The number of accidents on Dutch highways increased significantly over the past years, according to figures from incident management foundation IMN. Over the past 12 months there were 25,963 accidents on Dutch highways, an increase of 27 percent compared to four years ago, IMN - a collaboration between Dutch insurers and road managers - reported on Thursday.
Nearly 40 people were hurt in a pileup on the A9 near Velsen-Zuid on Sunday morning. Around 10:30 a.m. a car crashed into the guardrail, after which around 10 other vehicles collided with each other. The entire highway in that direction was closed for 5 hours, NU.nl reports.
Most of the injured people were treated at the scene of the accidents. Only two had to go to hospital.
Hundreds of motorists caught behind the accident, were stuck on the highway for hours. During the afternoon, police officers helped these motorists in turning around and guided them off the highway.
A 19-year-old truck driver involved in an accident on the A12 highway near Oosterbeek on Monday night, pulled a man from his burning car with the help of a bystander, the police said on Tuesday morning. The 46-year-old man from Vaassen was rushed to a hospital in Utrecht in a trauma helicopter, AD reports.
The accident happened around 9:00 p.m. at the Oosterbeek off-ramp on the A12 highway towards Arnhem. The 46-year-old man crashed his car into the back of a truck, which was driven by the 19-year-old man from Oss. The car went up in flames, also setting fire to the truck.
A 59-year-old man from Hardenberg was questioned as a suspect in an accident that killed a 7-year-old girl in Wierden on Friday morning. The young girl was hit by a truck on Nijverdalsestraat around 8:00 a.m.
According to newspaper AD, the police believe that the truck driver parked his car on the street, which is slanted downhill, and got out. The truck started rolling down the hill and hit the 7-year-old girl. She died at the scene. The truck came to a stop at a Total gas station.
A young girl was killed in a traffic accident on Nijverdalsestraat in Wierden on Friday morning. She was on her bicycle when she was run over by a truck around 8:00 a.m., according to De Gelderlander and Tubantia.
The age of the girl is unknown.
An eyewitness told the newspapers that the truck rolled down a hill without a driver behind the steering wheel. The police could not confirm this.
The accident happened at the Total garage.
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.
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.
The driver of a Maserati Quattroporte caused havoc on the seaside promenade in Zandvoort on Monday morning when he crashed into several parked cars. According to a local road inspector on Twitter, seven cars were hit. Some of the cars, including the expensive Maserati itself, were severely damaged, RTL Nieuws reports.
The car shot off the road around 8:00 a.m. and crashed into the other cars, parked over an area of at least a dozen meters, according to the broadcaster. The cause of the accident is unclear. The driver was taken to hospital in unknown condition.
Several people were injured in an accident involving a tractor, a horse-drawn carriage and a bicycle in Nunspeet on Wednesday afternoon. One person was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries, De Stentor reports.
The accident happened shortly after 2:00 p.m. at the crossing of Waterweg and Kolmansweg. Two ambulances are at the scene and a helicopter ambulance landed in a nearby meadow, according to the newspaper.
The helicopter ambulance was first dispatched at 2:03 p.m. At 2:15 p.m. a call was logged related to possible injuries.
The man that crashed into a group of pedestrians in front of Amsterdam Central Station on Saturday night, almost certainly did not do so intentionally, the police said on Twitter on Sunday night. The police came to this conclusion after searching the man's home. Two of the eight victims were still in hospital at the time of the police update.
All 50 Dutch kids involved in a bus accident on the A6 in northern France on Thursday morning, are back home. They arrived at the Strabrecht College in Geldorp around 8:30 p.m. Four teachers are still in the hospital, three for observation. The critically injured bus driver is also still hospitalized, NOS reports.
Eleven students and five teachers from the Strabrecht College in Geldorp were hospitalized after their school bus crashed into the back of a truck on the A16 between Duinkerken and Calais in France this morning, the school said in a statement on its website. The bus driver was critically injured and is in hospital in Lille.
A Dutch school bus crashed into a truck on the A16 highway in Bourbourg, France on Thursday morning. The bus driver was rushed to the hospital in critical condition by helicopter. Sixteen kids and two adults were also injured. Two of them were taken to hospital, the others sustained minor injuries, according to NU.nl
The accident happened around 4:45 a.m. There were around 50 kids and six adults from the Strabrecht College in Geldorp on the bus. They were on their way to London for a school trip and left Geldorp around 1:00 a.m.