Four Arrested Over Austria Truck Tragedy

A total of 71 bodies were recovered from the truck.

A total of 71 bodies were recovered from the truck.

A total of 71 bodies were recovered from the truck.

Hungary said Friday it has arrested four people over the discovery of 71 decomposing bodies in an abandoned truck in Austria. Austrian police said the bodies found in the vehicle on a highway near the Hungarian border were likely Syrians and included a toddler and three young boys. “Among these 71 people, there were 59 men, eight women and four children including a young girl one or two years old and three boys aged eight, nine or 10,” police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil told a news conference. He said the time and cause of death still had to be determined but there was a “certain probability” they had suffocated. Hungarian police said they had arrested three Bulgarians and an Afghan and had raided several addresses and confiscated items over the Austria truck discovery. A spokesman for Hungary’s chief prosecutor told AFP a court would decide later Friday wether they would be detained beyond an initial 72 hour period. Doskozil said those arrested included the owner of the vehicle and two drivers, and were likely “low-ranking members of a Bulgarian-Hungarian human-trafficking gang.”

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