8 people found dead in tractor-trailer in San Antonio

Marsha Scott
July 24, 2017

Outside a Walmart in San Antonio early Sunday morning, authorities said, they discovered a sweltering tractor-trailer with dozens of people inside - eight of them dead and many more expected to have brain damage from severe heat.

A total of 38 people had been inside the tractor-trailer, including two school-age children, authorities said.

In all 38 people had been packed into the truck with the survivors described as being "hot to the touch" by San Antonio fire chief Charles Hood during a press conference held shortly after the horrific discovery.

The employee returned with the water and called the police, who found the bodies at the back of the truck. The semi truck driver has been arrested, and Department of Homeland Security is assisting in the investigation.

At least eight people were found dead inside a tractor-trailer outside the Walmart store here.

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"These networks have repeatedly shown a reckless disregard for those they smuggle, as last night's case demonstrates", Homan wrote.

The truck didn't have a working air conditioning system despite blistering temperatures that reached 101 degrees Saturday, authorities said.

Another 30 people were injured, with 17 critical and 13 in serious condition, they all have been hospitalized, according to a local fire department spokesman.

San Antonio has a policy of not inquiring about the immigration status of people who come into contact with city officials or police. They were all taken to hospitals, firefighters said. Officials stated the migrants told them they had been banging on the walls of the trucks for hours to get someone to release them. "Fortunately, we came across this one and fortunately, there are people who survived but this happens all the time", he added. "This happens quite frequently under cover of night", McManus said. Most were from Central America, and 48 were minors.

"We are still learning about the tragic events that unfolded on our doorstep overnight, which shines a bright light on the plight of immigrants looking for a better life and victims of human trafficking".

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