More than 70 dead in migrant truck tragedy: Austrian govt

  • Reuters, Vienna
  • Updated: Aug 28, 2015 13:00 IST
A refrigerated truck is towed along a highway near Neusiedl am See, Austria, on August 27, 2015. The bodies of more than 70 migrants have been found in the truck on the A 4 highway, police said Thursday. (AFP Photo)

Austrian interior ministy on Friday confirmed that a truck full of refugees found abandoned on a motorway was containing more than 70 bodies.

Austrian police had originally put the toll at up to 50 and are due to announce the exact number within hours. The vehicle had come to Austria from Hungary.

The refrigerated truck was found by an Austrian motorway patrol near the Hungarian border just before lunchtime on Thursday, with fluids from the decomposing bodies seeping from its back door.

It had been left abandoned on the roadside of the highway, which leads from Hungary to the Austrian capital Vienna.

"Work continued throughout the night, but I expect all the bodies have been removed now," said Helmut Marban, a police spokesperson for the Burgenland province.

"Forensic investigators are still at the lorry and trying to establish all the facts."

The truck is at a customs building in the village of Nickelsdorf, which has refrigeration facilities and where forensic specialists clad in white protective suits and yellow rubber boots could be seen wheeling body bags away.

also read

Trump launches Facebook show to give flailing campaign 11th-hour boost
Show comments