50 Migrant Bodies Found Near Vienna

“Austria Finds Up to 50 Bodies Thought to Be of Migrants in Truck,” by Alison Smale for the New York Times:

The decomposing bodies of as many as 50 people assumed to be migrants being smuggled across Europe were found in a truck abandoned on a highway east of Vienna on Thursday, the police said.

The precise toll was yet to be determined, said Hans-Peter Doskozil, director of the police in the eastern state of Burgenland, during a news conference on Austria’s public broadcaster, adding that the count was hindered by the advanced state of decomposition of some of the bodies.

The discovery was made after a highway worker alerted the police around 11:40 a.m. that the truck, which had Hungarian license plates, was standing in the emergency lane of a highway that links Budapest and Vienna, in the Neusiedl am See region, near the Hungarian border. Mr. Doskozil said the truck was there since at least Wednesday…

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