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Smuggler Abandons Human Cargo

The bodies of 18 Sri Lankans who hoped to be smuggled to Western Europe were found in a sealed trailer abandoned in a parking lot, and a police spokesman said they probably suffocated.

The 17 men and one woman were found in the trailer attached to a truck parked near Gyoer in western Hungary, on the main route between Budapest and neighboring Austria, the state news agency MTI said.

Nineteen other people - four behind the driver’s seat of the cab, and 15 in the trailer - survived the ordeal, although many were unconscious when found, police and MTI said.

Survivors told police they paid unidentified smugglers $800 for the trip, MTI said.