The pursuit began on a main road in Belgium and ended in France
A motorway chase involving suspected people smugglers has ended in three crashes, shootings, a pile-up and one person killed, reports say.
The 140mph pursuit, which began on a main road in Belgium and ended across the French border near Dunkirk, left a motorcyclist dead and seven other people injured - four seriously.
The chase reportedly began early this morning when a lorry driver found 17 immigrants in his parked vehicle and was threatened with a knife.
When Belgian police intervened, four Iraqi nationals, who were suspected of being people smugglers, sped away in a UK-registered Audi A4 chased by officers.
They were ordered to stop by police who then shot at the vehicle, firing around a dozen bullets on the road between Nieupoort and Oostduinkeke in Belgium.
Two passengers in the car were hit - one in the shoulder and the other in the abdomen.
The vehicle reportedly became so badly damaged that it was travelling on its wheel rims.
Further up the same road, a separate crash had earlier taken place, where emergency services including firefighters were at the scene.
They had to dive out of the way of the high-speed Audi, which then lost control and smashed into a lorry on the A16.
This led to a pile-up of several vehicles including cars that tried to swerve out of the way.
Meanwhile, a motorcyclist died in a third crash when it tried to pass the traffic queue and then collided with a lorry.
The road was closed immediately.
It has since re-opened but there were tailbacks of about 10 miles.