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Austria police stop van packed with 42 migrants

Published 26/07/2015

Austrian police stopped the van packed with migrants near Vienna
Austrian police stopped the van packed with migrants near Vienna

Austrian police have stopped a van crammed with 42 migrants and arrested the Romanian driver, who they say had driven them nonstop from the Serbian-Hungarian border.

Police in Lower Austria province said another driver alerted them on Friday to the Bulgarian-registered vehicle, which was swerving in front of him on the A4 highway east of Vienna.

Officers stopped the van, and found 42 people locked into a 6.5 square-meter (70 square-foot) space inside the vehicle without ventilation.

Police said that some of the Afghan and Syrian citizens showed signs of dehydration after eight hours in the van in hot summer weather.

The 37-year-old Romanian driver had planned to drop the migrants in Rannersdorf, outside Vienna, and is suspected of involvement in other people-smuggling operations.

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