Eight people found dead in Texas truck, possibly human trafficking case
Eight people found dead in Texas truck, possibly human trafficking case
The map shows the location of a Walmart in San Antonio where the truck was found early Sunday
27 July, 2017, 18:23
Eight dead bodies and 20 people in dire condition have been found in the back of a sweltering lorry at a supermarket parking lot in the U.S. city of San Antonio, the state of Texas.
At least nine Latin American illegal immigrants died after being left unintended inside a tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a San AntonioWalmart.
At least 20 people were were rushed to hospital after being found in a serious to "extremely critical" condition, suffering from heat stroke and dehydration.
Eight people were found dead Saturday evening in an 18-wheeler parked behind a Walmart in San-Antonio, Texas. Thirteen others were taken on Priority 2 status: not immediately life-threatening.
A terrible incident has left at least eight people dead and 20 more in "extremely severe" or critical condition, in what police are calling a human trafficking crime. There were no details on where the truck had come from, or how long it had been in the parking lot.
Mexican officials were working with USA authorities to identify the dead, the country's foreign ministry said.
A total of 38 people had been inside the tractor-trailer, including two school-age children, authorities said.
Sweltering temperatures reaching 100 degrees farenheit in San Antonio, Texas led to the deaths of ten people in a horrific tragedy involving human trafficking. "And fortunately there are people that survived", McManus said. "The air conditioning was not working so everyone was removed", an official said.
Those still alive are expected to have incurred brain damage from the severe heat. Officials say they will not release the identities of the victims or where they're from until their families can be notified.
The US Department of Homeland Security was investigating the discovery, he said. The driver is facing state and federal charges.
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Experts have warned in recent months that tougher immigration policies could make it more hard to stop human trafficking. The police chief said the group included children, but later told CNN that the eight dead were adult men.
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