Truck driver dies as he crashes into tail-back after migrants set up roadblock near Calais

Adam BaderLast Update : Tuesday 20 June 2017 - 11:33 AM
Truck driver dies as he crashes into tail-back after migrants set up roadblock near Calais

A truck driver died on the highway to the French port of Calais in an accident caused by a roadblock of tree trunks set up by migrants. Nine Eritrean nationals have been detained in connection with the incident, according to local official.

The Polish-registered vehicle rammed into one of the three trucks which stopped in front of the roadblock, catching fire.

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The driver, whose nationality isn’t known, died at the scene, as Le Parisien reports. The crash took place at Guemps, 15km from Calais, home to the notorious “Jungle” refugee camp. 

“Nine Eritrean migrants found in one of the heavy goods trucks held up by the roadblock were arrested,” the region’s authorities said, as quoted by Reuters.

The detainees are said to be charged with obstructing movement, endangering the lives of others, and manslaughter, according to AFP, citing a police source. 

The accident prompted the A16 highway to be shut down for several hours.

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