The farm tractor careered into the group of cyclists killing three on the spot. A fourth victim passed away later. Two other cyclists were badly injured. One person sustained light injuries.
The group of cyclists consisted of a dozen people aged between 65 and 75. "They were enjoying the first fine weather of the year" local burgomaster Jean-Paul Peuskens told the VRT.
The tractor driver was blinded by the sun and is in a state of shock. He too received assistance from the emergency services.
The medical disaster plan was implemented. The injured were treated in Maaseik Hospital, while the fire brigade looked after the other cyclists.