Teenager dies near Eurotunnel entrance in Calais

“When emergency services arrived they found the migrant dead”.


The man, who has been described by the tunnel authority as being of either Eritrean or Sudanese origin and possibly under 18 years old was struck by a freight train this morning at around 0200.

A teenager, believed to be from east Africa, has been killed by a freight train near the Channel Tunnel entrance in Calais, France. British news reports say the boy is the 11th person to have died in or near the tunnel while trying to reach Britain since late June.

A spokesperson for Eurotunnel said police and paramedics were called after a person was found unconscious on tracks near the French terminal overnight.

A spokesman for the police in the Pas-de-Calais region said an investigation was underway. According to Eurotunnel, around 150 migrants try to enter the terminal each night, which is far less from those 2,000 earlier this year.


Around 3,000 migrants, mostly from Africa, Afghanistan and Syria, are camped in the French town of Calais near the Channel Tunnel entrance. Before that others died from falling or being hit by cars. European Union officials Wednesday pledged an additional $1.1 billion to help the United Nations support Syrian refugees in the Middle East.

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker left embraces Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel during an emergency EU heads of state summit on the migrant crisis at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday Sept. 23 2015