Vehicle crash into river kills 8, including suspected migrants

April 2, 2024 by No Comments

A car crashed into a river on Tuesday in , killing all eight people on board, including seven suspected migrants and a local driver, Albanian police said. The driver lost control of the vehicle and veered into the Vjosa River about 150 miles southeast of the capital, Tirana, around 4 a.m., according to a police statement. Seven of the victims were suspected to be “from third countries,” it said, using a description police often use to refer to migrants. Regional police chief Ardian Cipa said the car failed to stop at a and sped away. A police vehicle then followed the car and saw it had crashed into the river.”It is suspected the driver is from Shkodra and the others are suspected to be migrants who frequently pass this road,” Cipa said, declining to give more details until the investigation is finished. Shkodra is a northwestern city around 300 kilometers (186 miles) from the accident site. Albania is not a primary route for migrants but small groups from Arab countries or Asia use it to reach Italy by sea or other neighboring countries by land. In 2019, Albania became the first non-EU member country to have officers of the bloc’s border agency Frontex to manage its borders in the south and east, usually cross, and fight cross-border crime. Albania’s Parliament in February approved a deal for the country to hold thousands of asylum seekers for Italy.