Some 50 migrants set alight a heavy-duty truck and seriously assaulted its driver after they had ambushed the vehicle on a French highway near Calais, according to reports.
According to regional French daily La Voix Du Nord, the driver was taken to hospital after being badly beaten by the migrants as he was trying to escape from the truck.
The Bulgarian trucker had attempted to ram through a blockade of flaming pallets erected by migrants on the ring road near Calais. When he failed, he got out of the vehicle. He was then assaulted by the gang.
The migrants all had reportedly fled the scene when authorities arrived. The truck meanwhile, was completely destroyed.
Police have not yet arrested any suspects involved in the most recent incident.
Calais, in France, is a hub for trucks and passenger vehicles heading to and arriving from from the United Kingdom.
“It’s a sobering sight for truck drivers arriving into Calais off the ferry from Dover…the wreckage of a truck torched at a migrant roadblock last night… ” ITN Channel 4 News journalist Stuart Webb noted.
The prefecture of Pas-de-Calais confirmed the attack and said the port bypass which joins the A16 was reopened to traffic around 15:00.
Due to the towing operation on the harbor bypass, and the charred road, traffic was still disrupted on the A16, in the direction Boulogne Calais.
According to the prefecture, the number of obstacles to traffic caused by migrants has already risen to 2 incidents this year, including this one. In 2018 there were 26 such cases, 45 in 2017 and 865 in 2016, when the migrants squatter camp, called the “Jungle” of Calais, had not yet been demolished.