Two young men died and three more were injured in a car crash on the Lonerstraat in Assen on Wednesday night.
Translation by Traci White
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that there were five young men in the vehicle when it hit a tree near the Amelterbos northeast of the city of Assen around 11 p.m. on Wednesday. RTV Noord writes that two passengers, both of whom were 19 years old and came from the town of Smilde, died in the crash.
The driver of the vehicle, who is also a 19-year-old from Smilde, was seriously injured and remains in hospital. An 18-year-old passenger from Assen sustained serious injuries and a 19-year-old passenger, also from Assen, suffered minor injuries. Emergency services at the scene helped to stabilise the two injured passengers before transporting them to the hospital.
The road was closed on Wednesday evening while the police carried out an investigation into what caused the collision. The speed limit on the Lonerweg is 30 kilometers per hour.
RTV Drenthe confirms that the passengers were players at the Assen football club, Asser Boys. Jan Puper, the club manager, told RTV Drenthe that the death of two of their players had hit the club like a sledgehammer. “We’re a small club and this is devastating. We’ve been in contact with the national football union to cancel our games through at least this coming week.” The club is also unlikely to hold any practice sessions in the coming days. The club’s board will be meeting on Thursday afternoon to plan a memorial for the late players.
According to the club’s website, the Asser Boys club was founded in 1919 and has 600 members altogether in teams from various age groups. The Asser Boys 1 team plays in the Tweede klasse K.