THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) – Greek authorities say seven migrants have been killed and eight others injured after the driver of the vehicle they were driving lost control and crashed near a toll booth on a motorway in northern Greece .
Police said on Friday that the vehicle with 15 people had been driving on a motorway from the area on the northeastern border of Greece to Turkey towards the northern capital Thessaloniki when it crashed just after midnight.
The vehicle had been traveling at high speed and the driver lost control as he tried to leave the highway, hit a toll booth and crashed into a nearby storage container, police said.
The injured were four men from Pakistan, one from Afghanistan and two from Nepal, as well as the 35-year-old Moldovan driver, who police estimate acted as a smuggler. They have been transported to hospitals in the northeastern Greek cities of Xanthi and Komotini.
The seven people killed in the accident included a woman. Their nationality was not immediately known, authorities said.
Greece is located along one of the most popular routes into the EU for people fleeing poverty and conflict in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The most frequently used routes for secret entry into Greece are the short but dangerous sea crossing from the Turkish coast to nearby Greek islands, or the crossing of the heavily guarded land border between Greece and Turkey.