Death toll rises to at least 70 in Austrian migrant truck

The Austrian government has increased the death toll in an abandoned migrant truck found on a highway to more than 70. Police had originally put the toll between 20 and 50.

The truck, which had been traveling from Hungary to Austria, was found on Thursday on an Autobahn near the borders with Slovakia and Hungary.

No further details on the identities, ages or origin of the dead were available early on Friday, but authorities in the eastern Austrian state of Burgenland were due to announce the exact number within hours.

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“Work continued throughout the night, but I expect all the bodies have been removed now,” said Helmut Marban, a police spokesman for the Burgenland province.

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Source News: DW