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Roland searched for more victims after fatal collision N65 with flashlight

1/1 Roland went looking for more victims after the fatal accident on the N65

He immediately saw that the driver of the car that collided with a tree along the N65 near Oisterwijk on Saturday night. Roland, who lives on the N65, didn’t hesitate for a moment. He took his big flashlight from the house and decided to search the wreckage to see if there were any more victims.

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“It was quite a bang,” he says the day after the accident. “If we as local residents hear such a bang, we know that it is wrong. Then something bad has often happened on this road. Sometimes you hear someone braking beforehand, but this sounded as if there had been no braking. You heard that blow all at once. My subconscious already said something was wrong. So I walked to the road to see what was going on.”

“I missed the other half of the car.”

The car, which was driving on the road from Tilburg to Vught, was broken into three pieces by the impact. “Then you start to wonder whether there were even more people in the car. I didn’t see anyone in the passenger seat, but I missed the other half of the car. I saw it a little later on the other side of the road.” I immediately went with my flashlight to see if there were more people in it, but luckily that was not the case.”

In the meantime, the emergency services arrived, but they could do nothing more for the victim, a 37-year-old resident of The Hague.

“Oncoming traffic has been very lucky.”

Roland saw in the meantime that the engine block had also been thrown from the car. “And later, when I looked back, I also saw parts of the car on the other side of the road. Oncoming traffic was very lucky that not one of those cars was involved.”

According to Roland, accidents regularly happen on the N65. “Especially on this part, because people coming off the highway only slow down when they arrive at the speed camera. It is a bit further. On this part they still reach 100 kilometers per hour or faster.” And this is also the case in the other direction, towards Tilburg. “After the last speed camera you can already hear them accelerating. Then you hear the engines raging pretty hard.”

It has not yet been determined whether the fatal accident on Saturday night was actually caused by the driver’s speeding. The police are investigating.


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