Four killed as car drives into carnival crowd in Belgium — Analysis

In the early hours of Sunday morning, more than thirty people were hurt, including 12 critically.

A car plowed at high speed through a crowd attending a carnival in Belgium’s Wallonia region early on Sunday morning, killing several people, including a child, and injuring dozens more.

The incident happened at around 5am in the town of Strépy-Bracquegnies, 50km north of Brussels. It left four dead and 32 others injured, 12 of them seriously, according to initial reports from Mayor Jacques Gobert, who presides over the neighboring town of La Louvière.

“There are no words. It’s horrific… to see these bodies scattered on the road, the people who are in pain,”Gobert spoke.

The driver of the car – who attempted to escape but was intercepted – has reportedly been detained, and the circumstances of what the mayor described as a “catastrophe”Currently, they are being created.

The town activated its emergency plan and first responders are still on the scene. Local media report that the car crashed into the crowd at high speed and was fleeing from an officer chase. 

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Strépy-Bracquegnies hosts a carnival every year, but it was suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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