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Motorist plows into carnival revelers in Belgium, leaving six dead and 10 badly injured – New York Post

A car mowed down a group of performers preparing for a carnival parade in southern Belgium early Sunday, killing six people and leaving 10 more with life-threatening injuries, officials said.

More than 150 people had gathered at dawn with costumes and drums for the festival in Strépy-Bracquegnies when suddenly, “a car drove from the back at high speed,” said Jacques Gobert, mayor of the neighboring town of La Louviere.

In addition to those killed and the 10 who were critically injured, several dozen suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

The driver and a second person were arrested after the car was stopped a few miles away. The duo, who are both in their 30s, had not been previously known to police.

It’s unclear what caused the deadly incident.

The aftermath of the deadly collision in the Belgian town of Strépy La Louvière, where a car plowed into a crowd.
The aftermath of the deadly collision in the Belgian town of Strépy La Louvière, where a car plowed into a crowd.
Police tape blocks off the scene where six revelers were killed.
Police tape blocks off the scene where six revelers were killed.
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People hug each other as they gather near the site where a car crashed into a crowd of early morning carnival-goers.
People hug each other as they gather near the site where a car crashed into a crowd of early morning carnival-goers.
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But prosecutor Damien Verheyen said, “there is no element in the investigation at this time that allows me to consider that the motivations of the two could have been terror related.”

Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden expressed grief over the incident.

“What should have been a great party turned into a tragedy,” Verlinden said.

With Post wires

Six people were killed and 10 were left with life-threatening injuries after a car plowed into a group of carnival performers.
Six people were killed and 10 were left with life-threatening injuries after a car plowed into a group of carnival performers.
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Gilles de Binche performers and people talk on a street.
More than 150 people had gathered at dawn with costumes and drums for the festival in Strépy-Bracquegnies.
Olivier Matthys/AP
People talk on a street, after an incident at a carnival.
A car suddenly “drove from the back at high speed.”
Olivier Matthys/AP
A performer speaks on a phone.
Several dozen parade attendees suffered minor injuries.
Olivier Matthys/AP
People walk home after an incident at a carnival.
The driver and a second person were arrested after the car was stopped a few miles away.
Olivier Matthys/AP