In Belgium, a vehicle ran over a group of people at a carnival event. Four people died in the accident in the town of Strépy-Bracquegnies on Sunday morning, Belgian news agency Belga reported, citing the mayor responsible. Another 12 were seriously injured and about 20 slightly injured.
It was initially unclear if the vehicle was intentionally driven into the group of people. According to the mayor, the driver initially continued to drive, but was later stopped. The Belgian municipality of Strépy-Bracquegnies is located about 40 kilometers southwest of Brussels and, according to the preponderant city of La Louvière, recently had almost 9,000 inhabitants.
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Dramatic scenes were reported by a moderator from the Belgian radio station RTL, which participated in the carnival event. According to him, the car got into the middle of the crowd. “There was music and laughter and three seconds later it was screaming. It was terrible,” the announcer quoted him as saying. According to him, about 150 people attended the event.
According to the mayor of La Louvière, the municipal emergency plan was activated and the victim assistance service was activated. Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden wrote on Twitter that her deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the dead and injured. “What was supposed to be a big party turned into drama.” (dpa)