A minibus carrying British Jews has crashed in Belgium, killing the driver and injuring 16, one critically.
The accident happened at an intersection in Antwerp at around 3.30am on 19th March.
According to reports, the minibus first hit a car but failed to stop and continued on its journey at speed.
It is believed the driver then lost control of the steering when attempting to turn towards the Antwerp ring road.
The minibus then grazed a tram pole and fell onto its side.
The driver – named in reports as British man Shimon Siegel, 67 – was killed, while 16 others on board were injured.
One of the injured – a 15-year-old boy – was last reported to be in a life-threatening condition in Sint Vincentius Hospital in Antwerp.
The injuries sustained by the remainder on board were described as minor, and most had already been discharged from hospital at the time of reporting.
The driver of the BMW involved in the minor collision was also taken to hospital after he went into shock when he saw the minibus crash.
Wouter Bruyns of the Antwerp Police told local media: “The driver of the BMW followed the bus but stopped when he saw a police car.
“The man reported the collision, and the police patrol pursued the bus.
“When the patrol arrived at the intersection of Sint-Bernardsesteenweg and Generaal Armstrongweg, the bus was already on its side.
“The medical intervention plan has been declared. Most of the passengers were lightly injured but still taken to the hospital.
“A 15-year-old is so seriously injured that he is in critical condition. Unfortunately, all help came too late for the driver. He died on the spot.”
The victim ran a regular bus service between the Jewish community in London and the Hasidic community led by Rabbi Leibish Leiser in Antwerp.
The group was returning to London when the accident happened.
The Pshevorsk movement led by Rabbi Leiser – the only internationally-recognised Hasidic movement based in Antwerp – also has followers in London and Manchester.
Bus services run from the UK to Antwerp nearly every week so believers can attend Saturday prayers and meals at the synagogue on Mercatorstraat.
The visitors then usually stay with family or friends in the city before returning back to the UK.