Croatia: 42 migrants hospitalized after found packed in van

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Posted: Dec 18, 2016 5:02 AM

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Authorities in Croatia say 42 migrants have been hospitalized after several dozen, including children, were found packed in a van traveling through the country.

Emergency doctors said Sunday most were suffering from carbon-monoxide poisoning and some were unconscious. Doctor Maja Grba Buljevic told the Hina news agency their condition has improved.

Croatia's state TV says a total of 62 people, including children, were in the van when it was stopped late Saturday by traffic police on a road near the town of Novska, by the Bosnian border.

The report says all the migrants were male, from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and smuggled illegally into the country. It says a police statement is expected later on Sunday.

Thousands of migrants are stranded in neighboring Serbia looking for ways to reach western Europe.