Car accident kills 7 refugees, injures 4 in Hungary

Police investigators stand next to a crashed car following a road accident in Morahalom, a town 170 kilometers south of Budapest on the Hungary-Serbia border, on Dec 14, 2021. (FERENC DONKA / AFP)

BUDAPEST – Seven people died and four were injured in southern Hungary when a minivan carrying illegal refugees overturned close to the Serbian border on Monday night, according to police reports.

The accident occurred on Monday around 11:40 pm local time (2240 GMT) in the town of Morahalom, some 170 km south of Budapest. The vehicle crashed into a flower shop as its driver of Serbian nationality refused to stop for a police check and tried to leave the scene at high speed, said the police.

The main road in Morahalom has been entirely closed during the on-site inspection and technical rescue, the police noted in a statement.

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The driver, who was also injured, was arrested on the spot, and was prosecuted for human trafficking and fatal crash, it added.