According to local police, they received information of an operation by two migrant smugglers to convey nine illegal migrants by jeep from Komotini to Kavala and, lacking time to launch a coordinated operation they set up two road blocks on Egnatia Highway on the border of the Kavala administrative region.
The jeep managed to evade the first roadblock, at the Aspri Ammo turnoff, and sped away, but overturned further down along the highway.
Four of the passengers initially escaped into a nearby forest but became trapped and required the assistance of the Fire Department. Of the four, one was seriously injured and died en route to hospital.
A second migrant died on the spot in the accident, and eight others suffered lighter injuries.