Eight die as car carrying suspected migrants falls into Albanian ravine

Police inspect the scene of a car crash where several people, including migrants, were killed, near Kelcyre, Albania, Tue. [Florion Goga/Reuters]

Eight people have died in southern Albania when a car carrying suspected migrants swerved off a mountain road into a ravine, police said.

The car fell on the rocky bank of the fast-flowing Vjosa River, about 240 kilometers southeast of the capital, Tirana, around 4 a.m., according to a police statement.

Police added that the road the car was traveling on is frequently used by migrants from the Middle East and Africa to cross the Balkan country, police official Ardian Cipa said.

"It is suspected the driver is from Shkodra … we are trying to identify him. We believe the others are illegal migrants," Cipa said, declining to give more details until the investigation is finished. Shkodra is a northwestern city around 300 kilometers from the accident site.

The charred and crumpled vehicle was surrounded by at least four bodies strewn over the rocks, a witness...

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