Authorities in Austria came across a grisly find in a truck carrying migrants that was parked in the emergency lane of a highway. When opening the doors, Austria officials discovered the truck contained 20 to 50 migrant bodies.
With the tens of thousands migrants seeking refuge in Europe, it has reached crisis proportion. The headlines usually depict Italy and Greece as the countries with this problem, but Austria has more people infiltrating their borders than Italy and Greece combined, said Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.
The reason the body count from this truck is offered in such a broad estimate is because the bodies were decomposing. Investigators had to move the truck to another location before removing the remains and getting an accurate count.
By land and by sea, record numbers of migrants are fleeing the conflicts that have brought turmoil to their countries. People seeking refuge are coming from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, according to First Post on August 27.
When the Austrian police came across this truck full of bodies, this disturbing news brought sadness and shock to the entire country. It is not determined how these 20 to 50 people died and the tests that will be taken during the preliminary investigation won’t offer up results for a few days. It appears that the truck discovered on the highway containing the bodies may have been parked there since Wednesday, according to authorities.
According to MSN News today, because the truck was “leaking decomposing body fluids,” it needed to be moved to another site before investigators, medical examiners and the different agencies within law enforcement could start this probe.
With the European leaders meeting again in an attempt to find solutions for this problem, this truck stands as a stark reminder of the lengths that the people will go to get away from the conflicts in their countries. The scene in and around the truck is a harsh look at just one of the many ill-fated journeys ending in fatalities as migrants attempt to make their way to the European Union.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Austria at the time the discovery of this truck was made. She was there for a summit with Balkan leaders. Merkel expressed that she was “shaken” by the “horrible” news. The truck was found on the highway near the Slovakia and Hungary borders.
“Today is a dark day… This tragedy affects us all deeply,” said the Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner during a press conference.”The tragic event shows how the EU’s migration policy has failed,” said Hungary’s ruling party Fidesz when first hearing about this horrendous discovery.
This loss of life is now added to the more than 2,300 drowning deaths of people seeking refuge in Europe by way of a boats this year. People pay a vast amount of money to these boat captains to smuggle them to the shores of Europe. Most boats are rickety and overcrowded, making the journeys extremely dangerous.