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Hungary: Three migrants dead, 11 injured in car crash

Published August 05,2022

Three migrants were killed and 11 injured in a road collision in southern Hungary on Friday that police said was caused by a human trafficker.

The collision occurred near the village of Bocsa, 122 kilometres (75 miles) south of Budapest around 2:00 am, police said in a statement.

A vehicle carrying 15 passengers failed to stop at a police checkpoint and crashed head-on into another before bursting into flames, the statement on the police website said.

Two of the passengers were killed at the scene, while a third died later in hospital, it said.

Another 11 were taken to hospital with injuries.

The driver, a Georgian national, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of human trafficking and negligence leading to a fatal road accident, police said.

"A Georgian man wanted to smuggle 15 illegal migrants across the country," the police said.

Last week an advisor to Prime Minister Viktor Orban said 157,000 migrants had reached Hungary's borders so far in 2022, a steep increase on last year's figure.

The hardline anti-immigration Orban said last month he would set up a new border security body due to the increase.

In 2015 Orban erected razor-wire fences on Hungary's borders to keep out migrants and implemented harsh asylum-seeker policies that have been criticised by rights groups.