14 migrants injured in failed getaway bid

Fourteen illegal immigrants and two suspected human traffickers were in hospital in the northeastern city of Alexandroupoli yesterday after the two vehicles in which they were traveling in crashed while trying to flee police. Police started following the two cars after they crossed into the prefecture of Evros from neighboring Turkey, regarding them as suspicious. Upon noticing the police patrol cars, the driver of the first vehicle accelerated and, in a bid to escape, crashed into four cars waiting at a traffic light on the outskirts of the city. The second driver, who had been en route to Komotini on the Egnatia Highway, tried to shake another patrol car by ducking into a slip road but veered off the asphalt and overturned. The migrants, who were all Palestinian, were transferred to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The two suspected traffickers, an Iraqi and a Greek, were to face a prosecutor later in the day.