More than 70 bodies have been recovered from a lorry found abandoned near the border with Hungary, officials have said.
The refrigerated, air-tight truck was found by an Austrian motorway patrol with fluid seeping out. The bodies were probably inside for two days.
Local police chief Hans Peter Doskozil described the moment the truck doors were opened:
“Our initial suspicions were confirmed. Inside the truck there were numerous dead bodies in an advanced state of decay.”
The vehicle was found on Thursday on the A4, one of the main routes to Vienna.
It was seen near the Hungarian capital Budapest on Wednesday.
The vehicle has now been taken to a nearby veterinary hospital for a full examination.