June 8, 2018 / 8:33 AM / 2 years ago

At least five migrants killed in northern Greece road crash

A still image from video footage shows a crane moving the wreckage of a small van following an accident that caused the death of six migrants, near the northern town of Karvali, Greece, June 8, 2018. Laskaris Tsoutsias/Eurokinissi/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. GREECE OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN GREECE

ATHENS (Reuters) - At least five people were killed and two seriously injured on Friday when a small van carrying Iraqi and Syrian migrants smashed into a wall and overturned on a northern Greek motorway, police said.

Police said three children and a person identified as a “trafficker” who was driving were among the dead in the early morning crash as the vehicle headed to the city of Thessaloniki.

“Police were alerted by passers-by,” a police spokesman said.

The minivan had Polish registration numbers, he added. The nationality of the driver was not immediately clear.

Greece has been a gateway for hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria for Europe.

Reporting By Lefteris Papadimas; Writing by Michele Kambas; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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