Nine people, including three minors, were killed and four more were injured early Monday when a car laden with 13 people -- identified as illegal migrants and a trafficker -- veered off course and crashed into a protective railing on the Egnatia motorway near the northeastern town of Komotini.
The accident occurred at roughly 8 a.m. The victims were described as of Middle Eastern origin.
The car was cut in two sections and totally destroyed from the impact of the crash.
Police believe the accident may have been caused by excessive speed or a malfunction of the vehicle due to the excessive weight it was carrying.