A serious road accident in Antwerp on Saturday night left one driver dead and 18 passengers injured, according to police spokesman Wouter Bruyns. British nationals were among those on board.
A minibus carrying British nationals was travelling at high speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The minibus hit a pole before rolling onto its side.
According to the latest information, the minibus was carrying 17 people, one of whom, the driver, died. The other 16 occupants were slightly injured, according to police spokesman Wouter Bruyns.
The accident was caused by a collision with another car, which occurred at around 03:30 at a crossroads in the Flemish city. Reports say that, after the minibus hit a car, the driver sped after the bus, following it. The driver of the minibus then reportedly lost control of his vehicle and hit a pole, with the minibus ending up on its side.
The driver did not survive the accident. The other 16 passengers were taken to hospital. One child was seriously injured, and the rest of the people on board have minor injuries.
No other vehicles were involved in the incident. It is not yet clear why the vehicle was travelling at excessive speed.
The police spokesman warns of possible traffic snarls in the vicinity of the scene of the tragedy, which occurred on Colonel Silvertop Street at the intersection of General Armstrong and Sint Bernard Roads.