Peo­ple ‘cried for wa­ter’ in trailer

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

SAN AN­TO­NIO, Texas — Adan Lara Vega said he was told the $5,500 he was be­ing charged to be smug­gled into the United States would in­clude an air-con­di­tioned truck ride.

In­stead, the 27-year-old Mex­i­can la­borer climbed with his friends into a pitch-black, metal trac­tor­trailer com­part­ment that lacked ven­ti­la­tion — a deadly oven that would claim 10 lives.

“Af­ter an hour I heard ... peo­ple cry­ing and ask­ing for wa­ter. I, too, was sweat­ing and peo­ple were de­spair­ing,” Lara Vega said on Mon­day from his bed in a San An­to­nio hos­pi­tal. “That’s when I lost con­scious­ness.”

By the time he re­gained it on Sun­day, he was in the hos­pi­tal, where his ID bracelet iden­ti­fied him by the last name Lal­ravega. Mex­i­can con­sulate and US of­fi­cials later said the cor­rect spell­ing was Lara Vega.

He said it all started when he climbed aboard the trac­tor-trailer in the bor­der city of Laredo, Texas, with six friends from the state of Aguas­calientes af­ter the group waited nearly two weeks in a safe house.

“The guy we were with in the house told us they’d be putting us in a re­frig­er­ated com­part­ment, a re­frig­er­ated com­part­ment with air. But that didn’t hap­pen,” he said.

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