Human smugglers transporting migrants through Hungary have caused a huge number of road accidents this year, and the latest incident is a perfect example of the seriousness of the situation. During a car chase in the capital, a smuggler hit several cars, including a police cruiser.
Budapest Police Headquarters announced on Wednesday that a car chase took place on Tuesday evening in Budapest on the Buda side. At around 9 p.m. on the M1 motorway near Budapest, patrol officers wanted to check the driver of a van with Polish plates, but he did not stop at the police signal and continued driving towards the capital.
While fleeing, the van hit three cars in Budaörs and seven cars in Budapest on three streets, and even ran into a police car. The police finally managed to force the driver to stop in the 1st district, and even though he fled the scene, he was fortunately caught by police.
The man turned out to be a Georgian national who was a human smuggler, and 35 illegal migrants were found in the van’s cargo hold.
The foreigners identified themselves as Moroccan and Syrian nationals, none of whom were injured. The smuggler was brought before police, and as there are suspicions of assault on a public official and endangering traffic, the case file will be sent to the prosecutor’s office.
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There have been several road accidents in Hungary this year involving drivers who were human smugglers transporting migrants, and more than one such incident has resulted in a fatality. Similarly, smugglers do not shy away from herding migrants into the cargo holds of vans, which is extremely dangerous, as cargo holds can easily run out of air and passengers can die.
Unfortunately, there have been several examples of this since the start of the migrant crisis, and this year the authorities have found some trucks loaded with migrants at the Hungarian border on several occasions. Just a day after Christmas, on December 27, police found ten border crossers at the Romanian-Hungarian border crossing point in Nagykereki after the search of a lorry of Polish nationality. The illegal migrants identified themselves as Sudanese and Afghan nationals. In September, 72 illegal migrants were found in a Romanian-registered truck at the Csanádpalota border crossing. Earlier, in July, 75 migrants claiming to be Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals were discovered in a truck also driven by a Romanian driver at the same Romanian-Hungarian border.