Hot truck claims 9 migrant lives in Texas

Geneva Matthews
July 27, 2017

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said a Walmart employee called the police after a person who was in the truck was able to get out and approached the employee for water.

A hearse pulled into the parking lot later that morning, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

He confirmed at least two of the victims were school-age children.

In addition to the eight people dead in the vehicle, authorities found a further 30 people inside the truck, many of whom were dehydrated and suffering from heat stroke in the rising temperatures, Reuters reported.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said that many of them had heart rates above 130 and were "hot to the touch".

"We're looking at human trafficking crime here this evening", McManus said.

It remains unknown where the truck came from and how long it had been parked at the location.

Mexican officials were working with U.S. authorities to identify the dead, the country's foreign ministry said.

It was over 100 degree Fahrenheit (37.8 degree Celsius) in San Antonio on Sunday.

At least 10 people have died as part of a human smuggling operation discovered in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday night in which 39 undocumented immigrants were found in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer.

Authorities say several other people were found alive in the truck, which didn't have a working air conditioning system despite the blistering summer heat.

Police said while reviewing the store's surveillance video they noticed a number of cars had arrived at the store and left with some of survivors.

"These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters", Durbin said in a statement, adding the heat in southern Texas is "punishing" at this time of year.

Federal immigration officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement have also been notified, the police chief said.

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