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Austrian official: Death toll of migrants found in truck left on highway rises to more than 70

  • Investigators search  traces at  a  truck that  stands on the shoulder of the highway A4 near Parndorf south of Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Aug 27, 2015. At least 20 migrants were found dead in the truck parked on the Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border, police said. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Investigators search traces at a truck that stands on the shoulder of the highway A4 near Parndorf south of Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Aug 27, 2015. At least 20 migrants were found dead in the truck parked on the Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border, police said. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police Director of the Austrian province of Burgenland Hans Peter Doskozil informs the media at  a news conference  at a police station in Eisenstadt, Austria, Thursday, Aug 27, 2015. Austrian police on Thursday discovered the badly decomposing bodies of at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 — migrants stacked in a truck parked on the shoulder of the main highway from Budapest to Vienna .  (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Police Director of the Austrian province of Burgenland Hans Peter Doskozil informs the media at a news conference at a police station in Eisenstadt, Austria, Thursday, Aug 27, 2015. Austrian police on Thursday discovered the badly decomposing bodies of at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 — migrants stacked in a truck parked on the shoulder of the main highway from Budapest to Vienna . (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

An Austrian interior ministry says the number of migrants found dead in a truck abandoned on a highway has now risen to more than 70.

The count given Friday by Interior Ministry official Alexander Marakovits is significantly higher than the estimate of 20 to 50 that authorities gave Thursday.

Police found the refrigeration truck parked on the safety lane of the main highway connecting Vienna and Budapest, Hungary.

The truck was towed to a refrigerated warehouse near the border with Hungary to allow police and experts to do a body count. Autopsies will be conducted to determine how the migrants died.