Friday, 24 May, 2019

One person confirmed dead as van ploughs into crowd at PinkPop festival

One dead 3 hurt in Dutch music fest hit-and-run Dutch 'Pink Pop' festival: One dead in bus hit-and-run
Adrian Cunningham | 18 June, 2018, 13:24

A van struck four people at a Dutch concert in the early hours of Monday morning, killing one and injuring three, hours after R&B artist Bruno Mars had performed, police said.

The van, possibly a white Fiat Doblo, drove off after hitting the festival goers and a police helicopter has been brought in to help in the hunt.

Local police said they have started a manhunt after the vehicle, described as a small white bus, fled the scene after a festival in the Netherlands.

An emergency message sent by authorities to cell phones in the area warned people to be alert for a Fiat Doblo with the number 257 as part of its license plate, the Reuters news service reports.

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Numerous fans had camped in the area overnight and the collision took place close to one of the campsites a short distance from the festival.

The vehicle was driven away after the incident at the PinkPop festival in Landgraaf, which happened just hours after United States star Bruno Mars had performed his headline set.

The organisation said in a statement on social media that it was "deeply shocked" and added that their 'thoughts are with victims and their families'.

The three-day festival is attended by tens of thousands of fans.