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Six dead and more injured after lorry crashes into neighbourhood barbecue

After a truck crashed into a Dutch neighborhood barbecue, six people were killed and seven more were injured.

The incident occurred in Nieuw-Beijerland, Netherlands. Police initially stated that two people were killed.

Officials have confirmed that six people are dead – three men, three women and all of them aged between 28-75 – and one is currently in critical condition in hospital.

According to police, they are investigating why the truck left the village road, south of Rotterdam and continued down the side of the dyke.

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A spokesperson for the police told Rijnmond that a truck had crashed into the party at some point.

Police said it was not clear what caused the incident.

Local media published photos showing a Spanish transport truck at the bottom a small dyke with picnic tables broken at the scene.

More information on the Netherlands

Mirjam Boers, a police spokeswoman, said that the truck driver, a Spanish-speaking 46-year-old man, was suspected of causing the accident. She also stated that he wasn’t believed to have been impaired by alcohol.

It is believed that he was taken to a police station to be interrogated.

The truck was surrounded by police until the early hours of the morning, when a crane and tow truck brought it back onto the road.

Dutch newspaper de Gelderlander reported the driver of the lorry was “very shocked”.

Police released a statement saying that they are keeping all possible scenarios open for the moment.

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