A rushing automotive carrying migrants collided with a truck in northern Greece on Saturday, killing 11 folks, police mentioned.
Ten of the victims have been believed to be migrants who crossed into Greece from Turkey. The 11th particular person was the automotive’s driver and a suspected migrant smuggler, police mentioned.
Police mentioned the automotive during which the migrants have been packed had one other automobile’s license plates and is suspected of getting been used for migrant trafficking. The automotive hadn’t stopped at a police checkpoint throughout its journey, but it surely wasn’t instantly clear how near the location of the crash that it occurred.
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Police mentioned the crash occurred simply after 5 a.m. (0200 GMT) close to the city of Kavala. The automotive, which had been heading to the principle northern metropolis of Thessaloniki, collided with a truck heading in the other way and burst into flames. All the victims have been burned past recognition. The truck caught fireplace as properly.
All the folks within the automotive have been killed. The truck driver, a 39-year-old Greek man, was handled for minor accidents in a hospital in northern Greece earlier than being discharged.
Police informed The Related Press the automotive was touring at excessive pace and had crossed over to the eastbound lane. The truck driver tried to swerve on the final second, however couldn’t keep away from the collision.
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The automotive wasn’t touring on the freeway connecting Thessaloniki to the Turkish border however on an older highway, as a result of there are extra police roadblocks on the freeway.
A neighborhood firefighter informed the AP on situation of anonymity due to the continued investigation that one of many victims was believed to have been a baby and that three or 4 of the others have been within the automotive’s trunk.
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Greek authorities have been seeing a rise in folks illegally crossing the Greek-Turkish border in latest months. Many are transported to Thessaloniki, the place they head to police stations to be registered and apply for asylum.