Van driver killed in crash caused by migrants’ barrier in Calais

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A VAN driver was killed in a crash caused by a makeshift barrier set up by migrants on a French motorway near the Channel port of Calais in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The van crashed into one of two lorries that had been stopped by the barrier at around 3.45am near Guemps, 12 kilometres east of Calais.

The van, registered in Poland, burst into flames.

Nine Eritreans were found in one of the lorries and taken into police custody, questioned on suspicion of manslaughter.

Roadblocks, often built from tyres or rocks, were regularly placed on the A16 motorway leading to the port of Calais before the ‘Jungle’ camp was dismantled in October. Migrants aimed to slow lorries down as they approached the port in the hope of climbing on board.

Since the end of May, the practice has become common again.

Several hundred migrants are living in the Calais area in poor conditions. Some 7,000 had lived at the Jungle camp before it was dismantled.

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb announced at the beginning of the month that an extra 150 police and gendarmes would be sent to the area.

 

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