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Reports of arrests after bodies found in truck in Austria

The bodies of about 70 migrants were found in a truck on a highway in Austria on Thursday.

A forensic investigator is seen working on a refrigerated truck parked along a highway near Neusiedl am See, Austria, on 27 August 2015. The bodies of about 70 migrants were found in the truck on the A4 highway. Picture: AFP.

VIENNA - Three people have been arrested in Hungary in relation to the more than 70 dead migrants found in an abandoned lorry in Austria, Austrian newspaper Krone said on its website on Friday without citing sources.

A spokesman for Austria's interior ministry could not confirm the Krone report. Hungarian police had no comment. Austrian police were not immediately available for comment.

Austrian police had originally put the toll at up to 50 but the interior ministry on Friday announced an updated death toll, saying the truck contained more than 70 bodies.

Police are due to announce the exact number within hours.

The refrigerated truck was found by an Austrian motorway patrol near the Hungarian border just before lunchtime on Thursday, with fluids from the decomposing bodies seeping from its back door.

It had been left abandoned on the roadside of the highway, which leads from Hungary to the Austrian capital Vienna.

"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. "Forensic investigators are still at the lorry and trying to establish all the facts."

The truck is at a customs building in the village of Nickelsdorf, which has refrigeration facilities and where forensic specialists clad in white protective suits and yellow rubber boots could be seen wheeling body bags away.