Truck containing dozens of dead migrants found on Austria-Hungary border

Truck containing dozens of dead migrants found on Austria-Hungary border

Authorities in Austria have discovered the decomposed remains on dozens of migrants inside a truck parked on a highway near the Hungarian border.

The abandoned lorry was found by an Austrian motorway patrol, who originally believed it had been involved in an accident.

Its believed as many as 50 bodies could be inside, but the remains are too badly decomposed to determine an exact number.

A manhunt is now underway for the driver of the vehicle, who is believed to have fled in to Hungary.

Police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said authorities realised something unusual when they noticed bodily fluids seeping from the truck’s door.

“One can maybe assume that the deaths occurred one-and-a-half to two days ago,” Mr Doskozil said.

Austrian interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitne has labelled it a “dark day” and says it underscores the need for more action from the European Union.

“This tragedy affects us all deeply,” Ms Mikl-Leitner said.

“Human traffickers are criminals. Anyone still thinking that they’re kind helpers cannot be helped.”

It remains unclear what the migrants cause of death is, or how long ago they died, and police say it may take a number of days to even determine the number of migrants.

Image: AFP

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