In the early hours of Tuesday 20 June a Polish van driver who has not been named died near Calais in France after he collided with trucks that had been forced to stop due to tree trunks being left in the road by migrants.
In the back of one of the trucks, French police discovered nine Eritrean migrants who were taken into custody. The police have said that they were being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has called for President Macron to take action to protect drivers. “Our worst fears have become a reality,” said Chief Executive Richard Burnett. “We have been predicting this for two years. “The lives of innocent people, who want no more than to be able to go about their daily business in safety are being put at risk by those whose only aim in life is to reach the UK. They don’t care about anyone but themselves and as a result a life has been lost.
“The security forces currently in place just cannot cope. It’s not just Calais itself that needs protecting; it’s the approach roads too. President Macron must get a grip on this situation and we urge him to deploy the French military to provide safe passage for the thousands of UK-bound hauliers that use this route every day.”