Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Four killed in 'ghost driver' accident
Four people were killed on the A54 motorway between Charleroi and Brussels at about 6.30pm on Sunday in a bizarre accident involving a 'ghost driver'.
A car with French numberplates was being driven in a zigzag fashion when it hit the side-view mirror of a car the male motorist was trying to pass between Luttre and Petit-Roeulx-lez-Nivelles in Henegouwen.
The two cars were then parked in the emergency lane. But before the female motorist could step out of her vehicle, the Frenchman did a u-turn and started driving against the flow of traffic.
Subsequently, a female motorist was forced onto the road shoulder to avoid the oncoming ghost
driver and suffered minor injuries. Her vehicle was severely damaged.
But after 3km, the man in the French vehicle collided head-on with another car carrying a Brussels couple and their seven-year-old daughter.
The mother and father were killed instantly, while the young girl died overnight in Charleroi Hospital. The French motorist was killed instantly in the crash.
Meanwhile, two motorcyclists had to swerve to avoid the collision and ended up in the road shoulder. They suffered minor injuries.