World Bulletin / News Desk
The bodies of between 20 and 50 migrants have been found in a truck on a highway in Austria, police said Thursday, the latest tragedy involving people desperately trying to reach Europe.
"Today is a dark day... This tragedy affects us all deeply," Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said at a press conference.
The "horrible" discovery Thursday of between 20 and 50 dead migrants on a truck in Austria is a warning to Europe to get to grips with the migrant crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
"We were all shaken by the horrible news that up to 50 people died... although these were people coming to seek safety," Merkel said in Vienna. "This is a warning to work to resolve this problem and show solidarity".
The vehicle, bearing Hungarian number plates, was found in an emergency lane off the highway near the border with Hungary, police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said alongside the minister.
Hungary said the dead appeared to be victims of a people-trafficking operation and that it would join the Austrian investigation into the tragedy.
A spokesman for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the driver was Romanian, according to information received from Austrian police.
It is thought that the truck -- bearing the markings of Slovakian poultry firm Hyza -- had been parked in the area since Wednesday.
"Human traffickers are criminals. Anyone still thinking that they're kind helpers cannot be helped," the minister said.
Forensics teams at the scene said it would take several days to secure evidence.
"We cannot confirm yet how they died," Doskozil added.Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Ağustos 2015, 16:22