Sunday 11 December 2016

Up to 50 migrants found dead in lorry in Austria

Published 27/08/2015 | 13:16

Syrian migrants cross under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia
Syrian migrants cross under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia

UP to 50 migrants have been found dead in a lorry in Austria.

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Austrian police said the bodies were discovered on a road leading from the Hungarian border.

The lorry was parked on the hard shoulder of the highway.

Police believe the victims had been dead for some time, telling state broadcaster ORF that the bodies appeared partially decomposed.

Burgenland province police chief Peter Doskozil said the lorry, which had Hungarian licence plates, was apparently abandoned on Wednesday and its back door was left open, exposing the bodies.

He said the state of the bodies made it difficult to say how many there were in the lorry but estimated it could be up to 50.

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