Children found in Austria migrant truck hospitalized

The vehicle, pulled over by police after a chase, contained 26 ‘illegal foreigners’ from Syria, Bangladesh and Afghanistan

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Austrian police said Saturday that they intercepted another truck containing 26 migrants and that three young children had to be hospitalized, days after 71 people died in an abandoned vehicle.

“The three small children had to be hospitalized... because of the extremely bad state of their health. Doctors said they were treated for severe dehydration,” police said in a statement about the incident on Friday morning.

“If the journey had continued the situation could probably have become critical,” a spokesman from police in Upper Austria state told AFP.

The vehicle, pulled over by police after a chase, contained 26 “illegal foreigners” from Syria, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who said they wanted to go to Germany, police said.

The incident happened near Braunau am Inn in western Austria close to the border with Germany. The Romanian driver, who had refused to pull over for a routine check, was arrested.

On Thursday an abandoned truck containing the bodies of 71 dead migrants including four children was found on a motorway in eastern Austria near the Hungarian border, provoking international revulsion.

Autopsies were still being carried out but police think that the migrants, likely from Syria, suffocated from lack of air and had been dead for up to two days before the refrigerated truck was noticed by motorway maintenance workers.

Austria borders Hungary, which has seen more than 140,000 migrants enter from Serbia this year, most of whom then seek to travel onwards to western European countries like Germany and Sweden, via Austria.

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