Third death from Dutch `monster truck` accident

A third person has died after a souped-up "monster truck" ploughed into a crowd during a show in the Netherlands, the local mayor said Monday, with five people critically injured.

The Hague: A third person has died after a souped-up "monster truck" ploughed into a crowd during a show in the Netherlands, the local mayor said Monday, with five people critically injured.

The tricked-out truck, sporting outsized tyres and a powerful engine, surged off the track after driving over a line of prop cars, crashing through a barricade and into the audience in the eastern town of Haaksbergen.

"A third victim has died from Sunday`s accident," mayor Hans Gerritsen said in a statement on Monday. The dead are a boy, a man and a woman.

"Five people are still in a critical condition," he said, with 18 others injured.

Videos posted online by spectators showed the truck apparently losing control after driving over several cars and swerving into the audience.

Emergency helicopters, ambulances, fire trucks and police cars rushed to the scene, as well as rescue services from nearby Germany.

The driver of the "monster truck" has been detained.
 

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