Migrant stowaway crushed by truck’s cargo near Calais

LILLE, France:- An Eritrean migrant was crushed to death in northern France on Friday after the truck in which he had stowed away crashed near Calais port, authorities said. The 31-year-old was the fourth migrant to die this year in the area around the port, a launchpad for attempts by migrants to smuggle across the Channel to England. He was buried under several tonnes of paper rolls bound for a British customer after the driver lost control of the truck and it overturned, regional security officials said. Last week, an Afghan migrant died after being run over on the road leading to the port. –AFP

The number of fatalities has however fallen dramatically since 2016 when 14 migrants died while trying to reach Britain – a popular destination for Afghans and east Africans particularly.



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