Thirty-one migrants found in refrigerated truck in France by authorities
French authorities on Friday found 31 migrants crammed into a refrigerated truck, alive but freezing, police said.
“At around 7:30 a.m. (0530 GMT), 31 people were found inside a refrigerated heavy goods vehicle in a layby on the A16,” police said.
The discovery was made near Dunkirk on France’s northern coast.
A three-year-old child was among the group. All but one of them were described as “safe and sound” despite the fact the temperature inside was near freezing, police said.
It was not immediately clear how long they had been inside the truck.
Most of the group said they were Syrian nationals but one was Vietnamese, police added.
The driver, a Spanish national, was apparently unaware of their presence, telling police he had pulled over when he heard “noise coming from his trailer.”
He said the lock of the truck had been forced and, unable to open it, had called the police.
Thousands of migrants have headed towards France’s northern coast in the hope of finding passage across the English Channel to England.
On Tuesday, a 20-year-old man was found dead inside a truck near the port of Calais, crushed to death by wooden pallets.
And the evening before, 15 migrants were found inside a tanker in Arras, some 95 kilometers (60 miles) further south, where they had been in contact with a toxic substance containing lead, although none of them showed any adverse symptoms.
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