The emergency services were alerted about an accident on the N60 regional road in the Kruisem district of Zingem on Sunday afternoon around 5.30 pm. In the direction of Ghent, an agricultural tractor with a trailer went off the road and ended up in the verge. The driver, a 19-year-old farmer from Bachte-Maria-Leerne (Deinze), did not survive the accident.
Paul Darragas, John De Vlieger
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The impact threw the driver from the tractor. The young man ended up under the tractor. Medical services attended the scene along with the fire service and local police, but the victim died of his injuries on the spot. The right-hand lane in the direction of Ghent remained closed to traffic for a long time and that led to a traffic jam. The cause of the fatal accident is still under investigation.
No other vehicles were reported to have been involved in the accident. According to witnesses, the driver of the tractor lost control of the steering wheel. The vehicle then overturned and ended up in the canal. The public prosecutor announced on Sunday evening that no traffic expert had been appointed because several witnesses saw the accident happen.