Old-timer driver killed in West Flemish rally

One driver was killed when his old-timer vehicle careered off the road and hit a tree during the TBR rally in Roeselare (West Flanders) on Sunday. The driver's co-pilot had to be taken to hospital.

One driver was killed when his old-timer vehicle careered off the road and hit a tree during the TBR rally in Roeselare (West Flanders). The driver's co-pilot had to be taken to hospital.

A police spokesman said that the rally vehicle left the road ending up in a ditch and hitting a willow tree. The accident happened in the early afternoon when weather conditions were poor.

A spokesman for the rally Alexander Ramon told the VRT: "It's been raining an awful lot, all morning long and there is a pretty strong wind. We believe that the driver lost control of the wheel as a result of the bad weather conditions and the slippery road surface."

Local fire chief Luc Lewyllie: "The driver got stuck in his car that ended up under a tree. It was the worst possible scenario. He died on the spot. Because of the atrocious weather there were very few onlookers."

The driver's co-pilot, and in fact his wife, was taken to an Ieper hospital. She is comfortable.

Alexander Ramon: "It's a tragedy for both families involved. We are offering our condolences."

Four other people were seriously hurt during yesterday's rally when a car failed to yield at an intersection. The driver, who had the right of way, was reconnoitering the route in his own vehicle.