The Mayor of Ninove Tania De Jonge (liberal) told VRT News that “All those injured have been taken to hospitals in Aalst and Geraardsbergen”.
"Witnesses are now giving their accounts of events and the driver is being questioned to ascertain exactly what happened. We presume that he carried out a manoeuvre that went wrong”, the Mayor added.
The Beetle meeting in Ninove is a popular event. Around 700 Beetles and VW dormobiles take part. They all drive past a jury that judges them according to a number of criteria.
Mayor De Jonge is keen to stress that the event is very well organised. Between 4,000 and 5,000 people were present at the Beetle meeting.