The passengers included 34 men, 16 women, a 6-year-old, and a 5-month-old, mostly from Guinea.
Rabat – A van loaded with 52 sub-Saharan African passengers rammed a barrier at the Moroccan border with Ceuta between 2 and 3 a.m. on Monday, November 18, according to the Spanish Civil Guard.
The van’s front showed the impact of the crash, but none of the passengers sustained serious injuries, El Faro de Ceuta reported.
The passengers included 34 men, 16 women, a 6-year-old, and a 5-month-old, mostly from Guinea. A few of the individuals are from Cote d’Ivoire and the Congo.
The driver, a Moroccan citizen in his late thirties who lives in France, drove toward the border at full speed, crashing through the barrier.
Once on the Ceuta side, the passengers spilled out of the van and ran.
The Civil Guard collected the passengers one by one and brought them back to the border. The police also arrested the driver.
Volunteers with the Red Cross set up a temporary station at the border to assess the migrants before Spanish authorities transported them to the Superior Police Headquarters.
Four of the migrants went to Ceuta’s University Hospital for minor injuries: One had an asthma attack and others had body aches from the crash.
According to El Faro, the van broke a barrier that the Spanish border force had installed only one month ago, on October 17.
The Spanish Ministry of the Interior has documented 1,163 arrivals by irregular immigrants into Ceuta so far this year. Many migrants cross into Ceuta by climbing the fence marking the border. Some migrants swim into Ceuta from Moroccan beaches. A few have hidden in vehicles entering the city.