Queen Beatrix Celebrations Cancelled After Car Crash (7 Killed, 23 Injured)

April 30th 2009 – 12:00pm: Queen Beatrix Celebrations Cancelled After Car Crash (7 Killed, 23 Injured) A car ploughed into the crowd watching the Queen's day parade in Apeldoorn. Seven spectators have been killed and 23 reported injured, some of them seriously. Reporters on the spot say the car drove at high speed, hitting a number of people that were thrown into the air. The black Suzuki Swift crashed into a monument for Queen Wilhelmina. The driver was taken out of the car in a serious condition. Emergency services are rushing to the spot to provide aid to the victims. Police are dispersing the crowd in the Loolaan area of Apeldoorn. The mayor of Apeldoorn announced shortly after the incident that the festivities in the city have been cancelled. Eye witnesses speculated that the accident may have been an attempted attack on the Royal Family. Others say that the car went off course with a shattered windscreen and that the driver appeared to be slumped motionless over the wheel. The vehicle came to a halt after crashing into a monument. The incident occurred after a luxury open-top coach carrying the Royal Family passed the spot. The coach briefly stopped and was then accompanied to Het Loo palace by security forces. Queen Beatrix has sent a message expressing her sympathy to the victims. The government information service says the queen and her family are deeply shocked by the incident.
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