Thursday, 30 April 2009

Queen's Day - update

After the dramatic and upsetting scenes in Apeldoorn, 16 miles north of here, information has been released about the sequence of events. The driver, a 38 year old man from Huissen near Arnhem, had crashed through a barrier, then picked up more speed to go through a second barrier. He veered through a junction and smashed into a memorial. It is thought that the two first collisions disabled the car's steering. An open-topped coach, carrying the Royal Family, was driving past the scene as it happened, and Queen Beatrix, speaking on national television, was visibly upset.

The man is to be charged with an attempt on the Royal Family, murder and manslaughter.
Four people are dead, 13 injured of whom 8 seriously. Victim support is offered to all who were present, including the Royal Family.

I have been twittering about events until 5pm local time, but am currently blocked for exceeding my hourly quota. Thanks Twitter.


Solitary Dancer said...

I just don't understand.

Thanks for letting us know what happened. Such a sad thing on what should have been a lovely day.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How sad that things like that can happen. I'll be praying for the victims and their families.

Linda's World said...

Oh my gosh, this is terrible. I watch the TV news on a semi regular basis and I don't remember hearing anything about this horrible incident. My heart goes out to the familes of those killed and to the injured victims. What a sad turn of events for what is supposed to be a happy occasion. Linda in 48* Washington