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3 migrants killed, 7 injured in northern Greece car crash

The van’s driver, thought to be a trafficker, fled the scene.

Picture: Scott Olson/Getty Images North America/AFP

ATHENS - Three migrants were killed and seven injured on Wednesday when a van carrying them veered off course and overturned in northern Greece, police said.

The van’s driver, thought to be a trafficker, fled the scene, two police officials added.

Two children were among those injured in the early morning crash on a motorway between the cities of Alexandroupoli and Komotini, the second such incident in the area this month.

The nationality of the migrants could not be immediately confirmed, but they were most likely Syrians, the officials said.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing violence in the Middle East and further afield have used Greece as a gateway to other European countries in recent years.

Thousands have arrived in recent months via the Evros river crossing in the north of the country, mostly Syrian and Iraqi families.

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