Man found dead in back of lorry at service station after suffocating under weight of catalogues
Published 18/10/2016 | 18:42
A suspected illegal migrant is reported to have been found dead in the back of a lorry after suffocating under the weight of a load of catalogues.
The body was discovered by the HGV driver who had travelled across the Channel and pulled into a lorry park off the A20 in Sellindge, Kent at around 8am today.
Emergency services descended on the lorry after café owners called police when the driver pulled the body from the truck.
The lorry involved has the markings of Austrian company Klog Logistics on its rear doors and sides and appears to have been carrying a cargo of hundreds of magazines.
Julie Breen, 57, who runs the Airport Cafe with her husband Pat, said: "The driver was quite distressed.
"He came across to me and said he had found a migrant in the back of his lorry.
"From what I can make out, the load got disturbed and I think it fell on him and he suffocated.
"I only saw a boot and a leg. I called the police. The driver was foreign and he had asked me to call the police."
Mrs Breen said Kent Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene.
She added: "Obviously it is very upsetting. We don't know where he came from but he's probably got a family. It's not a nice thing to happen."
Husband Pat added: "There was a lorry that came in and there was an illegal immigrant in the back that had passed away."
A spokesman for Kent Police said: "At 8.29am on Tuesday, October 18 2016, Kent Police was called to an incident concerning a lorry on the A20 at Sellinge near Folkestone.
"Officers and South East Coast Ambulance Service attended and a man in the rear of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
"It is believed the lorry had travelled from France and inquiries are on-going to identify the man and ascertain the cause of death."
A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service added: "We were called to the Airport Cafe off the main road in Sellindge by police just after 8.30am this morning.
"We attended with two paramedic cars and an ambulance.
"Sadly one man was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident."
Firefighters were also called to the scene at 8.39am. They assisted Kent Police by removing the load from the lorry using a fork lift truck.