Morocco-Spain road accident: At least 54 dead

Image copyright AFP Image caption The overturned truck in Spain

At least 54 people have been killed and more than 100 injured after a truck loaded with migrants overturned on the Spanish road to Morocco.

Ten of the victims are thought to be children.

The truck was being driven in an unauthorised direction along a road in northern Spain, which was closed because of flooding.

It overturned on an icy stretch of road and later caught fire.

“There were probably 60 to 70 children inside, but these numbers will rise because so many of them have burn injuries,” an emergency services spokeswoman said.

The Immigration Ministry in Spain and Morocco have launched an investigation into the accident.

People were trying to cross into northern Morocco to try to seek sanctuary in Europe from poverty or unemployment.

A EU agreement signed in July 2018 calls for member states to do more to prevent migrants from attempting the crossing, but so far only Spain, Ireland and Luxembourg have adopted legislation to implement it.

Migrants attempt to reach Spain either by crossing the Gibraltar Strait in an inflatable dinghy or by flocking to the shores of land on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

The causes of the accident are not yet known.

The largest concentration of migrants living in Spain is in the town of Algeciras, in the south of the country, where 33,000 are based.

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