Belgium: Car ramming leaves 6 dead, several injured

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People gather near a gymnasium where witnesses and relatives of victims are received near the site where a car crashed into a crowd of carnival-goers in Strepy-Bracquegnies, Belgium, on March 20, 2022.
KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFPPeople gather near a gymnasium where witnesses and relatives of victims are received near the site where a car crashed into a crowd of carnival-goers in Strepy-Bracquegnies, Belgium, on March 20, 2022.

Two suspects were arrested, the cause of the incident is still unclear

A car crashed into a crowd of early morning carnival-goers in Belgium on Sunday, killing six and seriously injuring 26 people, the mayor of the southern town of La Louviere said.

"At this stage of the investigation, we know that a vehicle slammed into a group and that there are six dead and 26 injured including 10 people whose life is in danger," prosecutor Damien Verheyen told reporters in La Louviere, the site of the tragedy.

Media reports said the crash may have been caused by a car chased by police, AP News reported.

The incident took place at about 5:00 am (4:00 GMT) at the carnival of Strepy-Bracquegnies, a district of the former industrial town of La Louviere, authorities said.

"This Sunday morning, a vehicle collided with... a group of around 100 people which had just left the sports hall to go back up to the center of the village," the mayor's office said in a statement.

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The public prosecutor's office did not wish to comment on the case for the time being, but will speak later in the day, it said.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo deplored the "horrible news" in which "a community gathering to celebrate has been hit in the heart," he wrote on Twitter.

De Croo was to visit the scene later on Sunday accompanied by Belgium's King Philippe, the prime minister’s office said.

Belgian towns and villages host many street carnivals around the season of Lent, with the parades in Binche and Alost the most known internationally. 

"I turned around and saw a car running into the troop," one witness told RTBF news. 

"It came very fast and didn't brake. It continued and it took a girl... further," he said.

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