Migrants injured in road accident says Macedonian police

Police say 14 migrants reportedly injured in road accident in Macedonia

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Macedonian police have confirmed that 14 migrants were injured early Sunday when the van the migrants were travelling in went off road as the driver of the vehicle attempted to escape a police check.  

The migrants were taken to a hospital in the central Macedonian town of Veles. Two migrants that sustained serious injuries to the hip and leg were later transferred to a hospital in the capital of Skopje.

The driver of the vehicle who was reported unhurt has been arrested following the incident.

The van carrying the migrants went off road and crashed when the driver of the vehicle speed up as he refused to stop for a routine police check.

Macedonia is considered as a main route for hundreds of migrants - mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and North Africa to cross into western European countries.

Frontex, the European Union border agency, stated that 43,360 people crossed borders including Macedonia and around 32,000 people arrived in the EU through the Balkans within the first three months of 2015.


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