Two deaths in accident on E34 in Antwerp direction – carriageway closed
Thursday, 23 November 2017
Two people died on Wednesday, during an accident involving several vehicles on the E34 heading for Antwerp. The federal police indicated that the accident occurred in Melsele (East Flanders). The collision happened when a lorry towing a trailer crashed into a line of traffic queuing. This was created following urgent work, carried out on the Antwerp Ring Road, after the discharge of liquid silicon on the carriageway on Tuesday afternoon.
The police said that six to eight vehicles were involved in the collision, including several lorries and cars. Two people in one of the vehicles died. The other people involved were not seriously injured.
The road had to remain closed for a period of time. as the Public Prosecutor’s Office had to conduct investigations into the accident, so as to map the crash. The Liefkenshoek tunnel remained toll-free for a part of yesterday evening.
It was anticipated that it would remain so up to the end of peak time. This was due to the disruption caused on the Antwerp Ring Road since Tuesday, in view of the presence of liquid silicon which fell from a tanker truck.
The Flemish Agency for Roads and Traffic (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer – AWV) was hoping to be able to reopen both traffic lanes, closed since Tuesday, for 6 a.m. this morning.