2 dead, 5 injured in collision with wrong-way driver near Hooghalen

Two people died early Sunday morning in a collision involving a wrong-way driver on the A28 near Hooghalen. Five others were injured and were hospitalized, police said.

Police found the driver behind the collision traveling in the wrong direction on the A28 at 12.30am on Sunday. A car chase began when they attempted to arrest the 30-year-old man from Assen. Near Hooghalen, the oncoming driver collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle.

The driver of this vehicle, a 35-year-old woman from Leek, died instantly. The driver of the off-track car also died in the collision.

Five occupants of three other vehicles were also injured in the crash. The 67-year-old woman from Stadskanaal, a 68-year-old man from Stadskanaal, a 37-year-old woman from Musselkanaal, a 60-year-old man from Assen and a 52-year-old woman from Assen were all taken to hospital.

After the accident, the highway was closed for several hours so that police specialists could investigate the scene. The National Directorate of Judicial Police was also notified, as a chase preceded the collision.

The collision is still under investigation. Police are asking witnesses to present any pictures or information they may have about the oncoming driver.