June 8, 2018 / 8:28 AM / 10 days ago

At least five migrants killed in northern Greece road crash

ATHENS, June 8 (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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