Witnesses Contradict Police after Car Runs Over Eight People in Amsterdam
Dutch Police have ruled out terrorism after eight people were injured when a car outside Amsterdam train station ran into them. But witnesses have given a different account to the official police statement of what happened and have described the incident as "terrifying".
Eight people have been injured after a black Peugeot smashed into pedestrians outside the central train station in Amsterdam. Six people were taken to hospital, two are in a serious condition. Two others victims were treated at the scene.
According to the Dutch newspaper, Het Parool, police spoke to the driver and asked to see his licence which he showed them. The man then drove off, hitting several people, and ploughed into a low wall next to an entrance to the metro.
Amsterdam police said officers have arrested the driver, saying there was “no indication whatsoever” that the car incident was an extremist attack. The car crashed at the entrance to the metro station.
“The suspect has been interviewed, and it appears not to have been intentional. But we are investigating further,” Amsterdam police said on their Twitter account.
According to their official statement, the driver, a 45-year old Amsterdam man, was approached by police on Saturday for an infringement after which he drove into a wall. Police sources told The Telegraph the driver became “unwell” and “did not intend” to crash the car. The vehicle reportedly has a cracked windscreen.
The driver had been parked somewhere on the tramway track, and asked by law enforcement agents to move his vehicle. He then drove away and became “unwell due to low blood sugar levels”, after which he injured eight people.
Eyewitnesses tell a completely different story. Several witnesses told Dutch news channel AT5 that the car had been driving at high speed from a different direction, questioning the police statement.
A witness, who at the moment of the incident switched to tram 26, was surprised at the police’s version that the man became unwell.
“I saw the car standing on the tram rails and thought well, if there is going to be an attack, then this is it. The driver was approached by two agents. I looked at them and walked on. I was about a hundred yards further when the car speeded away. It looked to me as if the man was intentionally fleeing from the police, but you will not be told the truth.”
The car followed the tram rails towards Damrak and finally hit a wall at the entrance of the metro. “He followed the curve [of the road].”
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