Fourteen ‘migrants’ killed in Macedonia, hit by train in gorge

Media and police inspect at the scene where fourteen migrants were hit by a train, near Veles April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

(Reuters) – Fourteen migrants were killed when they were struck by a train in a narrow gorge in Macedonia late on Thursday, part of a growing tide of people trying to get to western Europe via the Balkans instead of crossing the treacherous Mediterranean.

Local media said the victims were among a group of around 50 migrants following the train tracks through Macedonia to Serbia, having probably crossed through Turkey and Greece en route to Hungary and the European Union’s borderless Schengen zone.

Macedonia’s state prosecutor said that from interviewing survivors it appeared most of the group were from Somalia and Afghanistan. Walking along the railway line after dark, they were hit by a train heading for the Serbian capital, Belgrade…

  • Rosenmops

    How was the train driver going to see Somalis at night?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That’s funny.
      You know.
      Cause they are so dark.

      • Canadian

        And maybe they were praying.

    • k1962

      Oy. I have a reply, but I’m feeling to PC to post it right now.

    • Minicapt

      Make them smile.


  • Alain

    Well that removed a few “carbon foot prints”. Too bad, so sad.

  • bob e

    at least they won’t be eaten by hyenas .. or mebbe not ..

  • tom_billesley

    Now there’ll be calls for the EU to patrol the tracks.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    ..”killed”? Conveyed to Heaven. Insh’allah.

  • WalterBannon

    Only 14?

    next time the train needs to speed up

  • Hard Little Machine

    The same thing happened to Alexander the Great at the Khyber pass.