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Apr 24, 2015

12:32:16 GMT--Vehicle Accident - Europe - Macedonia


EDIS Number: VI-20150424-47931-MKD
Date / time: 24/04/2015 12:30:26 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Europe
Country: Macedonia
State/County: Veles Municipality
Location: Veles
Number of Deads: 14 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

At least 14 immigrants were killed in a train accident near the central Macedonian town of Veles, 55 km south of capital Skopje, police confirmed on Friday. A group of 50 immigrants, whose origins are still being established, were walking through a canyon on the railway track leading to Skopje when a train hit them late Thursday night. With the accident location being very hard to access -- it can be reached only by train or walking on the rails, rescue teams were having difficulties reaching them. Many migrants, especially those from Syria who enter Macedonia illegally from Greece, risk their lives by walking on the rails to reach Skopje and the border with Serbia.

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