Car full of migrants crashes in police chase on Turkey-Greece border

Car full of migrants crashes in police chase on Turkey-Greece border

THESSALONIKI
Car full of migrants crashes in police chase on Turkey-Greece border

A car crammed with migrants that was driven by a suspected member of a smuggling ring has crashed during a police chase, injuring all eight occupants, Greek authorities stated on May 8.

The accident occurred early on May 8 at the entry to the northern town of Xanthi, the Associated Press reported, citing the police.

Police had tried to stop the car on a highway running from the Turkish border to the city of Thessaloniki, but the driver turned off onto a smaller road and tried to escape.

The migrants were identified as Pakistani, Afghan, Eritrean and Somalian nationals, while the driver was a Pakistani. All were taken to hospital for treatment.

The suspected smuggler is believed to have picked up his passengers close to Greece’s northeastern land border with Turkey, a major gateway for illegal immigration.

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