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.
A fire truck responding to a wildfire between Baarn and Hilversum, crashed in Baarn on Tuesday. The fire truck collided with a passenger car and landed on its side. A total of five people were hurt, RTL Nieuws reports.
There were two people in the passenger car, and four firefighters in the truck. All four firefighters were taken to hospital, a spokesperson for the fire department said to the broadcaster. One of the people in the passenger car was unhurt, the other was also taken to hospital by ambulance.
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.
A burning car crashed on the A1 at the Embrugge exit after a high-speed chase from Naarden early on Monday morning. A woman, believed to be the driver of the car, was arrested, AD reports.
The accident happened after a wild chase on the highway. The Amsterdam police noticed the car, a BMW, because it was speeding and swerving wildly across the road. When the driver spotted the police, the car sped up to 250 kilometers per hour and the police gave chase.
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.
Last year 678 people died in traffic accidents in the Netherlands, 65 more than in 2017. This is the largest increase in the number of traffic deaths since 1989, Statistics Netherlands reports. Noord-Brabant had the biggest increase, from 98 traffic deaths in 2017 to 150 last year.
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.
Loose cows caused multiple accidents on the A73 highway near Oirlo in Limburg early on Friday morning. At least one person was injured in a collision and one cow was put down after being hit by a car, the Limburg police said on Twitter.
The injured person was taken to hospital. Their condition is unknown.
The police warn motorists to be careful when driving in the area. Anyone that suffered material damage as a result of the cows, can report it to the police.
A bus hit a lamppost on Stadshoudersweg in Rotterdam on Wednesday after one of the passengers assaulted the bus driver. It is still unclear why the man attacked the woman driving the bus, the police said. She did not sustain serious injuries. None of the passengers were hurt, RTL Nieuws reports.
According to Rotterdam public transit service RET, the man attacked the driver after he asked her question. "She answered his question and got a slap in the face and a punch in the stomach", a spokesperson said to the broadcaster. "She was so shocked that she hit a lamppost."
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.
The police fined 23 motorists on Wednesday afternoon for filming an accident while driving. A fine of 239 euros will soon arrive at their door, NOS reports.
At around noon on Wednesday a truck's trailer collapsed on the Moerdijk Bridge towards Breda due to the strong wind. The truck ended up blocking the road. The accident caused a long traffic jam. Many drivers used the delay to take pictures or video of the accident.
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.
There were multiple car accidents, including a number of pileups, in Friesland on Thursday morning, likely due to thick fog. At least two people were seriously injured. The A32 highway between Heerenveen and Widrum is currently closed to traffic, with all on-ramps being blocked, NOS reports.
Multiple cars crashed into each other near Wirdum. There were later more accidents and pileups in the traffic jam that resulted from the first pileup.
A tourist was hit by a car on an exit from the A2 in Amsterdam on Tuesday night. The 21-year-old woman was taken to hospital. She was under the influence, NOS reports.
How seriously the tourist was injured is not known, but she was conscious and able to speak to emergency workers, according to the broadcaster. The exit at the Amstel junction was closed for a time for investigation.
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.
Two people were hospitalized after a massive pileup on the A12 off-ramp to Zoetermeer on Thursday. Between 25 and 30 cars collided with each other, a spokesperson for the police confirmed to NU.nl.
The Zoetermeer and The Hague region faced icy and slick roads on Thursday morning, which caused several minor accidents and traffic jams. The police can not yet say whether iciness on the road also caused this pileup.
The off-ramp was cordoned off and the police are investigating the cause of the accident.
A 24-year-old woman died in a collision on the intersection of Poeldijkstraat and Heemstedestraat in Amsterdam Nieuw-West early on Sunday morning. She was hit by an Uber driver while cycling over the intersection at around 4:00 a.m., Het Parool reports.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate the victim, but it was to no avail. She died at the scene. The 21-year-old taxi driver was arrested and taken to a police station for questioning. The police call on witnesses to come forward.
Two police officers were seriously injured in an accident on the A2 highway between Waardenburg and Zaltbommel on Monday night. The accident happened while the police were helping a motorist with car troubles, De Gelderlander reports.
The police responded to a report of people pushing a car on the highway around 10:00 p.m. Two lanes were closed and the police parked their car across the lanes to block them. The broken car was loaded onto a tow truck and taken away.
The police found the body of a missing traffic controller in the Hollandse Ijssel near Capelle aan den IJssel during the early hours of Tuesday morning. The 51-year-old man from Rotterdam disappeared around 2:00 p.m. on Monday after he tried to rescue a motorist who crashed into the river, NU.nl reports.
A car drove off the embankment on Groenedijk on Monday afternoon and ended up in the river. The traffic controller, who was at the scene due to roadworks, immediately went into the water to try and save the motorist. But he disappeared.
Two cyclists were killed in a traffic accident in the Noord-Limburg town of Grashoek on Wednesday morning. A third cyclist was injured and is in critical condition, the Limburg police said on Twitter.
The cyclists were cycling on Vliegertsdijk at around 7:30 a.m. when they were hit by a van. The injured cyclist was rushed to hospital by helicopter. The victims are three adult men, but more information about their identity is not yet known, the police said. The van driver was not injured.
A pedestrian died after being hit by a car on Rozengracht in the center of Amsterdam on Tuesday morning. The accident happened on the tram lane, where only taxi drivers with a permit can drive, AD reports.
The accident happened around 10:00 a.m. The pedestrian died at the scene. As yet nothing is known about the victim's identity.
The driver was taken to a police station for questioning, as is standard procedure. The taxi driver was driving a black Toyota. For which company the driver works, is not known.
A 17-year-old girl from Rosmalen died in hospital on Monday after being critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in Den Bosch early on Sunday morning. A 37-year-old man from Den Bosch was arrested, the police said in a statement.
The girl was cycling across De Harendonkweg at around 3:45 a.m. on Sunday when she was hit by a dark colored Volkswagen Golf. While witnesses tried to help the girl and called emergency services, the driver of the Golf sped away towards Sint Teunislaan. One of the Volkswagen's mirrors was left behind at the scene.