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Prosecutors bring charges against people smuggler who caused fatal accident

Prosecutors have brought charges against a Moldovan man on suspicion of people smuggling and causing a fatal accident after he crashed his minibus into a ditch at Asotthalom at dawn on Thursday.

After midnight, the man picked up 19 illegal migrants claiming to be Syrian citizens with the intent of transporting them to Austria on the instructions of a client, Csongrad-Csanad County prosecutors said in a statement.

When police carried out a spot check on the outskirts of Asotthalom, the suspect drove away at high speed and lost control of the car while taking a corner, crashing into a drainage ditch.

One of the passengers died at the scene, while four suffered serious injuries. Fourteen sustained minor injuries. The suspect fled into the forest, and after a search of several hours, police took him into custody.

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