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Eritrean migrant found dead in Channel Tunnel

Published 30/09/2015

An Eritrean migrant found dead in the Channel Tunnel near Calais is believed to have been hit by a Eurotunnel freight train
An Eritrean migrant found dead in the Channel Tunnel near Calais is believed to have been hit by a Eurotunnel freight train

An Eritrean migrant has been found dead in the Channel Tunnel, French authorities said.

There have been a number of deaths this year as thousands of people fleeing poverty and war try to cross illegally from France into Britain.

The administration for the Pas-de-Calais region said the migrant was apparently hit by a freight train near the entrance to the tunnel in Calais. It said the man was in his 20s and was found alone.

Eurotunnel, which operates the freight trains, lamented an "accident that unfortunately only confirms that any attempt to cross the Channel illegally carries considerable risks".

Thirteen people have now been killed trying to sneak across the Channel this year. French and British authorities have tried to crack down on the dangerous journeys.

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