Three Afghan migrants killed and 11 injured as car driven by people smuggler crashes
THREE Afghan migrants died and another 11, including six children were injured in a traffic accident in southern Serbia today when a passenger car crammed with people swerved off the road and hit a safety barrier, the interior ministry said.
The driver, a suspected smuggler, fled the scene, while all the injured were transported to the hospital in the nearby city of Nis, 124 miles south of Belgrade, the ministry said in a statement.
Two migrants were killed on the spot and a child later died in the hospital, Zoran Radovanovic, the director of a local hospital in Nis told reporters. “One woman had both legs amputated,” he said.
Serbia was a focal point of the migrant crisis last year, when hundreds of thousands fleeing wars and poverty in the Middle East and Asia travelled up through the Balkans to reach wealthy Western Europe.