Italian police on Wednesday discovered four migrants hidden in the back of a lorry that was travelling from Slovenia to Lombardy in northern Italy. The day before a smuggler and six migrants were stopped in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.
On November 4, carabinieri discovered four young Afghans hidden in the back of a lorry. They had spent seven hours in the lorry that was travelling from Slovenia to Romanengo in the Cremona province of Lombardy in northern Italy.
According to the investigation, the four had managed to get inside the back of the lorry when it was stopped and then hid among the rolls of fibre optic cables sent to Lombardy, unbeknownst to the Romanian driver.
Fled only to be found under a bridge
It was in the Cremona area that the lorry driver realized something was wrong when he heard noises coming from behind him.
The driver pulled over and opened the back of the lorry, at which point the four jumped out and ran to get away.
After being alerted, carabinieri from Romanengo and Soncino managed to track down the young men, who had been hiding under a bridge.
The soldiers took them in for identification purposes.
The youngest is 18 and the oldest is 23 and all have been reported for illegally entering the country and have thus been taken to the Cremona police headquarters for deportation procedures.
Smuggler driving 6 migrants causes accident and flees
On November 3, a smuggler who had been transporting six migrants inside his own car fled after causing an accident along the regional highway 56 between Cormons and San Giovanni al Natisone in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.
The incident occurred on Tuesday morning and the vehicle had been intercepted by the police.
The driver managed to flee, causing a crash between two other vehicles in which two people suffered minor injuries.
Both the smuggler and the migrants fled in into the vineyards flanking the road and have not yet been found.