Illegal Immigrants Die From Heatstroke, DehydrationSan Antonio, at least nine people died while hiding inside of a tractor-trailer in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The Texas heat took these victims lives after the group climbed into the vehicle in some sort of immigrant smuggling attempt.
The truck driver was arrested and there were twenty others in the back of the truck who had to be rescued. The survivors were in dire condition, suffering from dehydration and heatstroke, according to officials.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus called this a “horrible tragedy” and said, “We’re looking at a human-trafficking crime.”
Survivors Suffered From Dehydration, Heatstroke, Injuries
CBS Local writes:
“One U.S. official said Sunday evening that 17 of those rescued were being treated for injuries that were considered life-threatening. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the information has not been publicly released.”
“Authorities were called to the San Antonio parking lot late Saturday or early Sunday and found eight people dead inside the truck. A ninth victim died at the hospital, said Liz Johnson, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
“The victims “were very hot to the touch. So these people were in this trailer without any signs of any type of water,” San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said.”
Authorities Believe They Found Illegals After Border Passing
The Washington Post writes:
“Authorities think they found an immigrant smuggling operation just 2½ hours from the Mexican border that ended in what San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described as a “horrific tragedy.”
“The victims, as young as 15, appeared to have been loaded like cargo into a trailer without working air conditioning during the height of the Texas summer. It was unknown how long they had been in the trailer or where their journey started, but 30 of the victims were taken to area hospitals and 17 had life-threatening injuries. Federal authorities said the victims were “undocumented aliens.”