TRAGEDY IN BELGIUM: Bus Overturns, Driver R”L Killed, 18 Injured, Bochur In Critical Condition

Shimmy Segal, z'l.

A Chareidi driver from the UK was killed and 18 passengers were injured in a traffic accident between a minibus and a car outside Antwerp overnight Motzei Shabbos.

The driver of the minibus, filled with 18 chassidim from London who had traveled to visit the Pshevorsk Rebbe in Antwerp for Shabbos, suffered a medical incident while driving, causing the bus to careen out of control and overturn.

The 60-year-old driver, Shimmy Segal, z’l, was killed on the spot and two of the passengers, including a 15-year-old bochur, were seriously injured. Most of the other passengers were lightly injured.

Scene of the incident. (Photo: MW Status)
(Photo: MW Status)

Hatzalah paramedics from Antwerp quickly arrived at the scene and evacuated the injured passengers to local hospitals.

(Photo: MW Status)

Volunteers of the Chaveirim Antwerp branch worked throughout the night assisting the passengers by dealing with authorities and providing food and places to sleep for passengers who didn’t require hospitalization.

(Photo: MW Status)

The public is asked to daven for Tzvi ben Rochel Liba and Avraham Eliezer ben Chaya Yutel b’toch sha’ar cholei Yisrael.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Were any of the passengers wearing seatbelts and did affect their level of injury? Statistics show that in the vast majority of cases one is better being held firmly in place during an accident rather than thrown around within the vehicle.