In Texas, dead migrants were found in the back of a truck.
In the United States, the bodies of more than 40 people who were probably illegal immigrants were found in the back of a truck.
At least 46 teens and young adults, both men and women, were found dead inside a tractor-trailer. It looks like they were trying to sneak into the country illegally, but failed.
On Monday, the bodies were found inside of the 18-wheeler in Texas (local time).
They were found on Quintana Road in San Antonio, and 16 people who were still alive were rushed to hospitals in the area, KSAT reported, citing multiple police sources. The New York Post also said that the survivors were in different conditions.
It was said that 12 of them were adults and 4 of them were “pediatric” patients.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident, but SAPD Chief William McManus told reporters that it is still not clear if they were “absolutely connected to this or not.”
He said the first time police heard about the truck was just before 6 p.m., when a worker in a nearby building heard a cry for help and called police.
Chief Charles Hood of the San Antonio Fire Department said that when firefighters got there, the door to the truck was open and at least one body was outside.
He said, “The people we saw were hot to the touch.” “They were exhausted and sick from the heat.”
He also said that “there were no signs of water in the car and it didn’t look like the AC was working.”
The first responders who found the bodies in the truck are now getting help with their feelings.
Local reporters said they saw yellow tarps near the back of the open truck, as well as a large “mass casualty – evacuation” ambulance rushing by, and dozens of officers from the San Antonio Police Department, Homeland Security, and the Border Patrol at the scene.
The driver of the tractor-trailer hasn’t been found yet, according to the New York Times. The truck was left in a remote area near railroad tracks.
KSAT said that officers and other first responders were walking along the train tracks with thermal imaging cameras to look for any possible survivors and the driver.
A law enforcement source told the San Antonio Express-News that there were probably close to 100 people in the truck and that “about half of them” could be dead.
The Times says that all of the people who died were likely illegal immigrants who crossed into the US without papers.
The mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg, said it was a “human tragedy.”
“It’s terrible. They probably had families and were looking for a better way to live. “It’s a terrible human tragedy of the worst kind,” he said.
“We hope that the people who are responsible for these inhumane conditions are punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
The police are looking into how 46 people died. During a heat wave that is still going on, San Antonio reached a high of 103 degrees.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that when it’s only 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can reach over 46 degrees.
At first, it was said that 20 people had died. With this new number, the tragedy is now one of the most deadly cases of migrant trafficking in the last few years.
Police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks were seen on the scene by a helicopter, so it looks like an investigation is going on.
KSAT’s Leigh Waldman tweeted a video from the area, saying, “On my way to a possible human smuggling case off of Quintana Rd on the South/Southeast side.”
The reporter shared a new picture that showed a Mass Casualty Evacuation Ambulance from the San Antonio Fire Department near the semi truck.
In another tweet, Waldman said, “We talked to people who live nearby.”
“They are shocked and horrified, telling us that people come here to work and have a better life, but find this instead.”
Monday night, around 8 p.m., border patrol agents arrived at the scene, which was near some railroad tracks.
KSAT’s Patty Santos posted a picture on Twitter of first responders “walking along the railroad tracks with thermal imaging cameras looking for people in the nearby woods.”