The Seat Alhambra can accommodate a maximum of seven passengers. A total of 23 people got out of this car at the Swiss border – nine adults and 14 children. It is said to be a large Ukrainian family who probably started their journey in Poland, writes the Swiss "Tagesanzeiger". Your destination: Berne. According to the article, the police assume that these are refugees.
The car must have been on the road for at least ten hours and covered more than 850 kilometers when it was stopped on Monday in Weil am Rhein, Baden-Württemberg, on the Swiss border. The car was noticed by the customs officers because an adult was sitting in the front passenger seat.
"The windows to the back room were darkened. Then the customs officers opened the door and were shocked at how many people could fit in here," the "Tagesanzeiger" quoted a spokesman for the German police as saying. He could not say whether there were 23 people in the car from the start. But that the discovery is unique: there has never been an episode similar to this one.
The driver of the car, who lives in Switzerland, must now expect a fine because he was responsible for transporting several people without any security, according to a statement from the police headquarters in Freiburg. "You always have the worst case in mind," the "Tagesanzeiger" quotes the police spokesman as saying. "If you imagine that there would have been an accident on the freeway... That would have been terrible."
According to the statement from the police headquarters, the people were allowed to enter Switzerland after the modalities had been completed - "logically not all together in the Seat Alhambra".
Sources: "Tagesanzeiger", Freiburg Police Headquarters