British driver runs over and kills migrant in Calais

A British motorist ran over and killed an Eritrean man as he tried to escape a group of migrants trying to stop his car at Calais, it has been reported.

The driver is reportedly being interviewed by French police after the incident on the A16 near the French port city on Sunday, in which the dead man’s wife was also injured.

According to the Daily Mail, the driver is said to have swerved to try to avoid a number of migrants on the busy motorway.

The newspaper said many of them were throwing stones and tree branches in an attempt to board lorries heading for the UK.

The driver – who has not been named – reportedly drove on after the incident but later turned himself in to police at the Channel Tunnel.

French president Francois Hollande has pledged to close the Jungle site at Calais before winter, with its 9,000 inhabitants dispersed around the country.

Dozens of migrants gather near lorries which head towards the ferry terminal in Calais, France, October 3, 2015. Around 200 migrants tried to get into the Channel Tunnel in France overnight, clashing with staff and police and forcing the suspension of rails services a spokesman for Eurotunnel said. Around 3,000 migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East are camped on the French side of the tunnel in Calais, trying to board vehicles heading for Britain via the tunnel and on ferries or by walking through the tunnel, even though security measures aimed at keeping them out have been stepped up. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTS2TZA

Dozens of migrants gather near lorries which head towards the ferry terminal in Calais, France, October 3, 2015. Around 200 migrants tried to get into the Channel Tunnel in France overnight, clashing with staff and police and forcing the suspension of rails services a spokesman for Eurotunnel said. Around 3,000 migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East are camped on the French side of the tunnel in Calais, trying to board vehicles heading for Britain via the tunnel and on ferries or by walking through the tunnel, even though security measures aimed at keeping them out have been stepped up. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTS2TZA

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October 10th, 2016 by