June 8, 2018 / 8:32 AM / 2 months ago

Migrant trafficker, children, among six killed in Greek highway crash: police

ATHENS (Reuters) - Six people were killed and two critically injured on Friday when a minivan carrying Iraqi and Syrian migrants crashed 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

Three children, aged around five, nine and 12, were among the dead, a hospital official said. Police said a person identified as the “trafficker” who was driving was also killed. There were 16 people traveling in the minivan.

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

“Possibly the driver lost control of the vehicle, the investigation is ongoing,” a police spokesman said. The nationality of the driver was not immediately clear, but the minivan had a Polish number plate, police said.

Two people were in a critical condition in intensive care and another had “serious” injuries, Tassos Karasavvoglou, administrator of the hospital in the town of Kavala, told Reuters.

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

Reporting By Lefteris Papadimas; Writing by Michele Kambas; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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