29/09/2015 12:06 BST | Updated 29/09/2015 12:59 BST

Refugee Crisis: Young Man Crushed To Death In Lorry In Desperate Attempt To Reach Britain

A young Iraqi man has been found crushed to death in a lorry in what appears to be a desperate bid to try to get to Britain, French authorities have said.

The 20-year-old man was discovered in the back of the HGV near the Port of Calais at around 7am UK time on Tuesday morning, the Press Association reported.

The driver, who was Hungarian, found the man’s body after inspecting his load, a spokesman for the Prefecture du Pas de Calais said.

A man was found crushed to death in a lorry near the port of Calais

Two other members of the Iraqi man's family were also found on board the lorry but were unhurt, the spokesman added.

This latest fatality bring the death count up to 12 since the cross-Channel crisis began.

A number of people have died in the Channel Tunnel itself, with some crushed and electrocuted.

Other have drowned while tried to access the Eurotunnel compound.


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