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Video: Lorry driver sends metro signage crashing

15:22 14/06/2021

Authorities are scratching their heads with regards to the actions of a lorry driver who took down an entryway sign at one of the entrances to the Arts-Loi metro station at the weekend. Clearly involved in an impossible manoeuvre, the driver knocked down the entire piece of infrastructure – including an advertising board and the tell-tale ‘M’ – sending it all tumbling down onto the stairs of the entrance.

Video of the spectacle was captured by onlookers. “Irresponsible driving and a life-threatening situation,” tweeted Dimitri Strobbe of Brussels Mobility, posting the video. “There appears to be a significant amount of damage. We are filing a report with the police.”

The lorry driver did stop and has been questioned by police. The vehicle has been confiscated. Police are now searching for more security camera footage of the incident. No one was using the stairs to enter or exit at the time, so there were no injuries.

It’s now up to the prosecutor as to whether charges will be filed against the drivers, aid Ilse Van de Keere, spokesperson for the Brussels-City police zone. “The driver will undoubtedly have to pay a fine,” she said.

Photo top ©Marthe Deleersnyder/BELGA

Written by Lisa Bradshaw