Hungarian Truck Found With Dead Migrants On Austrian Motorway

  • 28 Aug 2015 9:00 AM
Hungarian Truck Found With Dead Migrants On Austrian Motorway
Government office chief János Lázár has confirmed that the truck found abandoned on an Austrian motorway with dead migrants inside had Hungarian number plates. Austria’s police force has contacted its Hungarian counterpart and the two are working together to track down whoever is responsible for the migrants’ deaths. He said it was likely that the victims were heading west with the help of Hungarians.

Austrian news agency APA reported that up to 50 migrants were found dead in a truck abandoned on Austria’s A4 motorway leading from the Hungarian border.

The truck was discovered on Thursday morning by the motorway’s operators. The A4 motorway, which leads to Vienna, also connects to Hungary’s M1 motorway.

Lázár said that a Romanian citizen had bought the van from a Slovak company and applied for the number plate in Kecskemét, in southern Hungary. A detailed briefing by police will be forthcoming, he said.

Ruling party Fidesz said that conditions should be in place to ensure that crossings take place under controlled conditions in order to avoid such incidents.

“This must be done to protect those who have been misled and deceived ... by irresponsible, profitseeking traffickers who deserve to be in prison,” the party said.

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