Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Attack on the Queen in the Netherlands

(Radio Nederland via Klein Verzet)

The above video shows the attack yesterday in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, in which a male driver drove through police barricades in an attempt to crash into the royal motorcade carrying Queen Beatrix and members of the royal family. The incident happened as the Queen was helping the country celebrate Queen's Day.

The driver struck down several pedestrians before crashing into a monument to Queen Wilhemina. Five people are reported dead. The driver, tentatively identified as Karst Tates, a Dutch male in his 30s, is in a hospital in serious condition.

Suspect driver
(Klein Verzet)

At this point, there are several conflicting eye-witness reports. Some say a passenger was seen exiting the car before it began its rampage. Another said that the driver appeared to be unconscious before striking the monument. It has also been reported that Tates told police he was trying to kill the royal family. The above probably should be considered unconfirmed at this point.


Anonymous said...

Hmm, there's got to be some way to blame this on Muslim immigrants...

Findalis said...

It could have been simply an accident or an attack. There is too little information to say either way.

I once had a car whose breaks went out. Needless to say I had a hard time stopping.

Mark said...

It is so sad what Karst Richard Tates did today.

Gary Fouse said...

Hey Brian,

No one here said anything about Muslim immigrants. I specifically said the attacker was tentatively identified as a Dutch male.

Get a grip.

Rory Cohen said...

This is very sad. I remember something similar happening in Southern California where an elderly man couldn't control his car and hit pedestrians at a farmer's market.

I wonder if this was deliberate or if this guy simply lost it.

Gary Fouse said...

It appears to be a deliberate attempt to kill the queen.