Bod­ies of eight mi­grants found in Texas truck

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peo­ple were found dead yes­ter­day in­side a truck in a Wal­mart park­ing lot in San An­to­nio, Texas in what po­lice said ap­peared to be “hu­man traf­fick­ing crime”. An­other 28 peo­ple were in­jured - 20 of them se­verely - and were be­ing treated at seven lo­cal hos­pi­tals, San An­to­nio Po­lice Chief Wil­liam McManus and Fire Chief Charles Hood told re­porters. The po­lice chief said the group in­cluded chil­dren, but later told CNN that the eight dead were adult men. He said the truck driver had been ar­rested.

“We got a call from a Wal­mart em­ployee about a wel­fare check in a trac­tor-trailer that was parked on the lot here,” McManus told a news con­fer­ence. “He was ap­proached by some­one from that truck, who was ask­ing for wa­ter.” The em­ployee re­turned with the wa­ter and then called the po­lice who “found eight peo­ple dead in the back of that trailer,” the po­lice chief said, call­ing it a “hor­rific tragedy”.

He said store se­cu­rity footage showed that some ve­hi­cles came to pick up some trav­ellers who were on the truck and who had made it out alive. “We’re look­ing at a hu­man traf­fick­ing crime this even­ing,” he added. It was not im­me­di­ately clear how many peo­ple may have sur­vived and fled, McManus said. Hood said the air con­di­tioner in the trailer was not work­ing. “We started ex­tri­cat­ing pa­tients out of the back of a semi-truck ... we had an­other 20 pa­tients that were ei­ther in ex­tremely crit­i­cal con­di­tion or very se­ri­ous con­di­tion and they have been trans­ported to a num­ber of hos­pi­tals.”

San An­to­nio is a few hours’ drive from the bor­der with Mex­ico’s Nuevo Leon state. Weather in the area has been hot and dry. Fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials with Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment have also been no­ti­fied, the po­lice chief said. The deadly dis­cov­ery, sadly “is not an iso­lated in­ci­dent. This hap­pens quite fre­quently un­der cover of night,” McManus said. Il­le­gal mi­gra­tion over the US bor­der with Mex­ico is an ev­ery­day fact.

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