Suspected accident Oud Gastel drove too fast

Suspected accident Oud Gastel drove too fast
Suspected accident Oud Gastel drove too fast

NOS Newstoday, 10:56Amended today, 13:25

The rented black Mercedes that was involved in the accident in Oud Gastel yesterday, in which two women and two children were killed, drove too fast. That is the conclusion of police experts in the investigation, which is still ongoing. The 27-year-old driver from Roosendaal, who was arrested after the accident and is still detained, drove at high speed to the intersection where it went wrong.

The man, who was in the car with two others, was tested for alcohol and drugs immediately after the accident. Those results were negative. The road where the accident happened is allowed to drive at 50 kilometers per hour. It is not clear how much faster the man drove.

The 9-year-old girl who was injured in the accident is out of danger. Her mother (42) did not survive the accident. This also applies to a mother of 39, her daughter of 10 and her son of 8. All came from Bosschenhoofd, in North Brabant, not far from Oud Gastel. The occupants of the other car are “almost unharmed”, according to police.

It is not yet clear why the two cars collided with each other on the Blauwhekken. For the time being, the police assume that the black Mercedes with the driver from Roosendaal collided with the Toyota with the women and children. The Mercedes had a German registration.

‘More often fast rented cars in the municipality’

It is also clear that the traffic lights were off at the point where it happened. They were blinking. “That may also have something to do with it, we’re looking at that too.”

Mayor Roks already told Omroep Brabant before it became known whether the accident had involved speeding that it is increasingly common for young men with rented cars to “drive through the municipality” as fast as possible. He is outraged about that. “Our municipality should be a safe place for our residents and our children in particular.”

The road near the industrial estate where it happened and a large area around it – including exits – are still closed for the time being and the police are investigating traces, including drones. Camera images around the accident site are also requested and viewed.

Bystanders helped with CPR

Police praise the bystanders who came to the rescue immediately after the accident. Some of them have helped with CPR and first aid. “Although it did not help afterwards, I still want to give a very big compliment to those people. Just imagine: first two motorcycle police officers came to the scene and then you have too few hands. They were very much helped by the bystanders with resuscitate,” said a spokesman.

The two children who died in an accident attended primary school ‘t Bossche Hart in Bosschenhoofd last school year, Omroep Brabant reports. Teachers are gathering today to process the news. “Emotions are running high, also among the teachers,” says Lex Polman of the umbrella organization that the school falls under. Mayor Roks visited the school this morning.

The article is in Dutch

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