Teenager killed at Channel Tunnel’s French entrance Boy thought to have been trying to reach Britain when hit by freight train

PARIS (AA) – A teenager has been killed by a freight train near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel linking France and Britain, French police said Thursday.

The boy, thought to be from east Africa and in his mid- to late-teens, was found unconscious in the early hours of Thursday morning near rail tracks leading to the tunnel, which is a route used by refugees to reach the U.K.

A spokesman for the police in the Pas-de-Calais region said an investigation was underway.

The death is the second around the tunnel in less than a week and the 18th since June, according to French medical organization Medecins du Monde.

Thousands of refugees have set up a campsite near the mouth of the tunnel as they try to stowaway on U.K.-destined trucks or trains running under the English Channel. They are part of Europe’s wider crisis that has seen 500,000 refugees enter the EU since the beginning of the year.

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