June 8, 2018 / 8:33 AM / 14 days ago

At least five migrants killed in northern Greece road crash

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.

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

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.

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

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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