THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) – A pickup truck trying to evade pursuing police in northeastern Greece slammed into a fence, killing one migrant and injuring 17 others, including the driver, Greek police said on Sunday.
The accident happened on Saturday in the northeastern region of Thrace, police said.
The Georgian driver of the pickup was driving west when he encountered a police checkpoint on Egnatia’s main road. Instead of stopping, he rushed on. After the crash, he tried to escape on foot, slightly injured, but was captured.
The other 16 migrants, none of whom were seriously injured, were taken to nearby hospitals. They said they were Syrians, police say. The identity of the victim was unknown.
At the same time, Greek police also stopped a vehicle carrying four migrants and another containing three people who were not migrants apparently accompanying the other two vehicles. Those three, as well as the driver of the other vehicle, were arrested, police said.
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