By Charles Creasey
A lorry driver has revealed terrifying footage of the moment he claims Calais ‘migrants’ laid a makeshift roadblock of concrete slabs to trap and hijack his vehicle – to get into the UK.
Soroiu Sorin encountered the ‘migrants with flares’ on a dark road near the Calais Ferry Terminal on his journey from Orleans to Manchester on November 14.
Frightening dashcam footage shows men brandishing some kind of ‘firework or flare’ as they loiter next to slabs laid across the length of the road.
But rather than find out what the ambushers had in store for him, the video shows Soroiu plough through the blocks in a desperate attempt ‘not to stop’.
The 28-year-old blamed the limited French police presence for the attempted hijacking, and shared the video and pictures of the damage to raise awareness of the dangers in Calais to drivers.
Soroiu, from County Monaghan, Ireland, said: “I reckon they were trying to cross into the UK and wanted to use my truck.
“I was so scared. I just wanted to drive away from there as quickly as I could because there were no police there.
“Those migrants don’t speak English and they just don’t seem to realise they don’t have a future here. They seem to think they do but there’s nothing for them here.
“I saw a truck in front of me moving through those concrete blocks and once I saw that up ahead I just knew I was going to have difficulty getting through.
“One of the migrants was holding what looked like a flare or a firework or flame or something.
“There were concrete bricks that they’d laid down. I was worried they were going to damage the oil tank underneath or damage the tires.
“I’ve heard lots of stories from other drivers.
“But that night I was just thinking, ‘they’re going to go into the trailer’. I thought they might have been trying to steal things from me – I had my tablet, my phone and money with me in the cab. It was all pretty expensive stuff.
“Or perhaps they were going to go into the trailer and try to get into England because it’s getting cold over there. Maybe three or four degrees in Calais?
“I have no idea what they were trying to do – but they were certainly up to something.
“I just didn’t want to stop. That was the main thing. I knew if I stopped they might try to steal my truck.”
In the video, Soroiu can be seen maintaining his speed and bravely ramming through the blocks, damaging his bumper in the process in an attempt to flee.
Soroiu said: “There are a lot of migrants who are on those roads. There are signs everywhere in that part of Calais saying ‘be careful’ and there are a lot of people on the roads so you can expect trouble.
“I have to say that I see them every time on the roads near that part of Calais – especially when I’m driving at night.
“I think they were trying to get inside the trailer but there was no way I was going to open it.
“You just don’t know what they are thinking. Life’s so hard for them you just don’t know what they will do.”
Soroiu has said the lack of police presence in that part of Calais has led to the situation getting out of hand.
He said: “When the police are there sometimes the immigrants don’t have the courage to cross that part of the road.
“But there were no police there so they were all over it. They had the courage to come out. I suppose I can understand why they’re doing this because they have no clothes or food. They’re desperate.
“I recall a similar incident when I did a similar route seven years ago from France.
“Those migrants had put a tree in the street and no vehicles could get through. I was very lucky to come out of that one.”
Soroiu said he’d had some rest before he drove on to Calais, aware that the port can be trouble for lorry drivers.
He said: “On this occasion I made sure I didn’t stop in Calais, I actually stopped for a rest that night before I drove up to Calais to be safe – perhaps about three kilometres from the port.
“When I saw those migrants in the road I was just scared, and lucky to come out of it.”
Soroiu reported the incident to his boss, and posted the video on social media in an attempt to raise awareness about the perils of driving through Calais at night.
The video was shared on social media and received hundreds of shares.
Nick Tasker said: “You were wise not to stop as you could have been mugged or anything.”
Alan Smith said: “I don’t know how you boys going out there keep calm. I just see this s**t and it boils my p**s.
“I salute all the lads and lasses who put up with that crap on a regular basis. If I had to go out that way I’d be locked up within a day.”