1 dead, 3 injured as van hits pedestrians near Dutch music festival
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1 dead, 3 injured as van hits pedestrians near Dutch music festival

Police open investigation, cordon off road after driver flees the scene of early morning carnage

Festival goers gather during the first day of the music festival Pinkpop, at Landgraaf on June 15, 2018. (Marcel van Hoorn/AFP)
Festival goers gather during the first day of the music festival Pinkpop, at Landgraaf on June 15, 2018. (Marcel van Hoorn/AFP)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A van slammed into pedestrians near a campsite at a major music festival in the Netherlands on Monday, killing one person and seriously injuring three others, police said.

The driver fled following the incident at about 4 a.m. (0200 GMT) by the Pinkpop Festival in the southern town of Landgraaf, near the German border.

“The van involved is still being sought,” police said on Twitter.

Police have cordoned off the section of the road while an investigation is under way.

With Pearl Jam, the Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars headlining, the 49th edition of the Pinkpop festival has drawn around 67,000 fans a day since it opened on Friday, according to the director, Jan Smeets, quoted by the Dutch news agency ANP.

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