Four Dutch people tragically lost their lives near the Dutch-German border yesterday, while a fifth was injured.
As the groups were driving along the A3 highway towards Cologne at around 10:45 AM, their three cars were involved in two successive accidents.
The four victims are three men aged 39, 42 and 56, and a woman aged 37. A fifth person was slightly injured.
As a spokesman from the German police tells the NOS, it had rained hard shortly before the accidents had occurred.
It is believed that a 42-year-old driver from Voorhout, who was driving a Porsche Cayman, lost control on the wet road surface and ended up in a ditch. Initially uninjured, the driver and his 37-year-old passenger were able to free themselves from the car.
A second Porsche, driven by a 39-year-old man from Nieuwegein, saw the accident and stopped on the side of the road to help the occupants of the first vehicle.
As the three people were waiting for help on the side strip, a 56-year-old man from Waterland also lost control of his car, a Porsche 911, and ran into them.
As a consequence, two people died on the spot: the driver (39) that tried to help and the female passenger (37) of the first car. The two other drivers suffered fatal injuries — one of them died in the trauma helicopter and the other one at the hospital.
In the third vehicle, the Porsche 911, was a passenger whose age has not been disclosed. According to German police, he survived the incident with minor injuries.
Through him, they hope to learn more about the circumstances of the accident.
Most likely a group
All the cars involved in the accident had Dutch registration plates. The police, therefore, assume that the drivers were travelling as a group.
The police also believe the accident may have occurred because the cars had not adjusted their speed to the water on the road. There is no evidence of an illegal car race.
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