Four dead in Ghent, car drives into the Lys

In the Belgian city of Ghent, four car occupants died last night after their car hit the water. That happened at the Huidevetterskaai on the Lys in the centre. The cause of the accident is not clear yet. It is also not known if the car was speeding. The circumstances are being investigated.

The car, with French license plates, drove into the water through a steel balustrade off the quay. The fire department deployed divers, but the help was late for the occupants. A neighborhood resident told the VRT he heard a policeman say the car was underwater for seven minutes.

In addition to divers, a crane fire truck was also used to lift the car out of the water:

The identity of the occupants is not yet known, Flemish media writes. There were no ID s found in the car. It is clear that three men and a woman are concerned.

The local resident heard a hard bang at 2:30 AM and he had the impression that the car was speeding. โ€œThat happens often here. Ive sent a message about that to the mayor once.โ€