The Polish owner of the lorry that ploughed into a Berlin Christmas market, killing at least nine people in what police said was a possible terror attack, confirmed his driver was missing.
“We haven’t heard from him since this afternoon. We don’t know what happened to him. He’s my cousin, I’ve known him since I was a kid. I can vouch for him,” transport company owner Ariel Zurawski told AFP.
The company’s transport manager, Lukasz Wasik, said the driver is 37 years old and had been transporting Thyssen steel products from Italy to Berlin.
“The company where he was supposed to unload the products in Berlin was not able to receive them and told him to return on Tuesday morning. They told him to wait in Berlin somewhere,” Wasik told AFP.
“We lost contact with him around 3:00 pm local time. We don’t know what happened -- whether he was taken hostage, killed. We know nothing. We’re very worried about him.”
But a police spokesperson in Berlin said the nationality of the suspected truck driver is still unclear.
The suspect, who fled the crash scene and was later arrested, was being interrogated by officers, police spokesperson Thomas Neuendorf told reporters.
He confirmed that the crashed truck had a Polish license plate and that German officials were in contact with Polish authorities.