Migrant seriously hurt in France, likely hit by train

24th August 2015, Comments 0 comments

A man trying to get into Britain was seriously hurt Monday in northern France, most likely hit by a train, while the Channel Tunnel was temporarily closed after migrants flocked onto train tracks nearby.

"Around 10 this morning, firemen went to Eurotunnel's boarding platforms to tend to an injured migrant," local authorities said.

"He was immediately hospitalised in Calais and he is in a serious condition."

The man, a 22-year-old Eritrean, suffered from a head injury and internal bleeding, and is thought to have been hit by a train, rescuers said.

Authorities said his life was not in danger.

At least nine people have died this year trying to cross over into Britain, and thousands more are camped out in slum-like conditions in the northern port city of Calais, waiting for their chance to clear the Channel and get to their Eldorado.

Last week, France and Britain signed a deal to tackle smuggling gangs and try and reduce daily attempts by desperate migrants and refugees from Asia, Africa or the Middle East to break into the Channel Tunnel.

On Monday some 30 migrants flocked onto train tracks not far from the entrance to the tunnel, forcing the closure of the Channel Tunnel for half-an-hour, in the Britain to France direction.

© 2015 AFP

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