Discovery of up to 50 bodies in truck highlights European migrant crisis

August 28, 2015 1:30 AM

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Discovery of up to 50 bodies in truck highlights European migrant crisis

BERLIN — Austrian authorities launched an international probe Thursday into the deaths of as many as 50 suspected migrants, with white-suited forensic experts still struggling to count the badly decomposed corpses left in a tragedy that immediately touched off a new round of recriminations over Europe’s handling of an escalating refugee crisis.

The bodies were discovered shortly before noon local time after a highway patrol officer investigated a liquid and putrid smell coming from the back of a truck abandoned near the Austrian village of Parndorf on the main expressway between Vienna and Budapest.

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