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Deadly accident paralyses traffic on outer ring road

A pedestrian was killed and a signpost collapsed after an accident on the outer ring road of Brussels. Credit: Alertes Contrôles De Police - Infos Bruxelles/Facebook

A pedestrian was killed on the Brussels outer ring road early on Thursday after he was hit by a car while trying to cross the highway.

A vehicle ran over the man at around 5:30 AM in the section of the road between Dilbeek and Anderlecht, according to reports by VRT. The collision also led to another driver crashing into and knocking over a road sign.

Police confirmed to Belgian media that the man was killed in the accident.

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Posted by Alertes Contrôles De Police – Infos Bruxelles on Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A second car attempted to swerve away from the fatal crash hit the pole of a traffic sign holder, causing it to collapse on the road.

Road authorities have said that the highway around Anderlecht will be completely blocked for an undetermined time, and have urged drivers to leave the road before reaching the area and taking alternative routes, such as the inner ring road.

Gabriela Galindo
The Brussels Times