Fourteen migrants believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia have been hit by a train and killed while walking along railway tracks in Macedonia, police said on Friday.
The migrants, who were part of a group of between 30 and 40 people, were struck by a passenger train north of Veles, in central Macedonia, at around 8.30pm on Thursday. The express service had been travelling from Thessaloniki, in northern Greece, to the Serbian capital, Belgrade.
Migrants and refugees using the overland route from Greece to western Europe often walk on railway lines to guide them along their way and evade police. It is fraught with danger but considered a safer route than crossing from Libya to Italy via the Mediterranean, where more than 1,300 migrants are believed to have drowned in the past three weeks.
It is believed to be the highest death toll for such an accident in Macedonia.
The migrants had been heading north near the village of Rajko Zinzifov, where the tracks pass through a narrow gorge with the Vardar river on the right and steep rocky slopes to the left. The authorities said those who survived did so by clambering up the slope or clinging …read more