Four serious accidents due to farmers’ blockades, with at least one fatality (Domestic)

Four serious accidents due to farmers’ blockades, with at least one fatality (Domestic)
Four serious accidents due to farmers’ blockades, with at least one fatality (Domestic)

In LummenA truck crashed into the tail end of a traffic jam on the E313 at Industrie Zolder-Lummen on Thursday afternoon around 12.45 p.m. The truck driver became trapped in the crushed cab. The victim is taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The accident happened in the direction of Antwerp. Due to the farmers’ protests, the interchange has been completely blocked in all four directions, causing traffic jams on the highways. Traffic is being diverted off the highways everywhere. Just before the Industrie Zolder-Lummen exit, a truck crashed into another truck.

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The truck driver became trapped in his cab. A rescue team from the fire brigade freed the victim. The man was taken to hospital by ambulance. His condition is critical.

Due to the accident, the police closed the Hasselt-West entrance ramp to traffic heading towards Antwerp. This is to prevent further traffic disruption on the highway.

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Accident near Lummen.

Accident near Lummen. — © Karel Hemerijckx

On the E17 Aalbeke towards France, just after the cloverleaf E17/E403, one person was seriously injured after a rear-end collision.

Around 2:15 p.m., a light truck crashed into a truck that was queuing in a traffic jam. The traffic jam was caused by some actions by farmers at the French border. The driver of the light truck was trapped in his cab and had to be freed. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The E17 is partially closed at that location. A little further on in Rekkem, all traffic is diverted from the E17 due to the troubles in France.

Also in Zeebrugge an accident occurred due to traffic jam. There, a van driver crashed into a traffic jam on the expressway caused by the farmers’ protest around Zeebrugge. The driver was injured, but did not have to be taken to hospital. The passenger of the van was seriously injured, but his injuries are not life-threatening. The accident happened around 8:40 am. This is reported by the road police.

A man died on the E40 towards Brussels on Thursday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. The driver of the van crashed into a truck at the tail end of a traffic jam between Ternat and Groot-Bijgaarden. “Unfortunately, the driver died,” says Jana Terdegem of the federal police. “The traffic jam was probably a result of the protest action by farmers at the RO in Zellik.”


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