According to press reports, the discovery of a tractor-trailer filled with illegal immigrants in a sparsely populated area of San Antonio, Texas, on Monday resulted in the deaths of at least 50 people.
CNN stated that at least 46 bodies were found in the trailer, with a total of 48 bodies found at the scene. The network claimed that two more hospitalized patients passed away.
According to NBC News, San Antonio’s fire chief Charles Hood reported that sixteen others, including four children, were hospitalized.
There were both male and female victims, and many of them were young adults. The majority of the victims have not yet been identified, however NBC reported that 22 were from Mexico, seven from Guatemala, and two from Honduras.
According to CNN, San Antonio Police Chief William P. McManus stated that the victims were discovered when a nearby building employee reported hearing a scream for assistance and seeing a trailer with its door half open. Bodies were evident inside, McManus said.
CNN said that the San Antonio police notified the investigating section of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about “an alleged human smuggling event.”
“We’re not supposed to open up a truck and see stacks of bodies in there,” Hood stated “, as per NBC News.
McManus stated that the victims were either suffering or dead due to the heat and lacked water and air conditioning.
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“The patients that we saw were hot to the touch,” McManus said, according to NBC. “They were suffering from heat stroke, heat exhaustion.”
“This is nothing short of a horrific human tragedy,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said, NBC reported.
Nirenburg said the victims had “families who were likely trying to find a better life.” CONTINUE READING…