Eight people found dead in back of tractor trailer

Eight people found dead in back of tractor trailer

The worker then called police, who found the dead and desperate inside the broiling rig. Temperatures inside a vehicle can increase by 20 degrees more than the outside temperature in as little as 10 minutes, after an hour that temperature can be 43 degrees higher.

U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin Jr. of the Western District of Texas described what emergency workers found as "a horrific scene". "These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters", Durbin said. Imagine their suffering, trapped in a stifling trailer in 100-plus degree heat.

The driver was taken into custody and is expected to face charges. The Department of Homeland Security has also joined the investigation.

Authorities said they found several other people alive in the truck, which didn't have a working air conditioning system.

Breaking 2:28am - SAFD confirms multiple bodies found inside a trailer parked outside a Walmart in SW San Antonio.

"We're looking at a human trafficking crime here this evening", McManus said. Eight others are hospitalised in less serious condition, he said. First responders say they had to treat it as a mass-casualty situation. Officials said they believe the eight men who died succumbed to heat exposure and asphyxiation but said the medical examiner will determine the official cause of death.

In the truck were adults aged 20 to 30 years and two small children. "Fortunately we came across this one, fortunately there are people who survived", he said.


He called it "very sad". The appeared to have been illegal immigrants being pirated into the country, officials said at the time. The truck remained in the Walmart parking lot until mid-morning on Sunday when it was towed away for further investigation. The employee gave them water and called 911.

The truck driver, Tyrone Williams, had abandoned the trailer at a truck stop near Victoria, Texas, about 100 miles southwest of Houston.

As it was, Hood said, 30 were hospitalized - 17 in critical condition.

Police were alerted to the truck a little after midnight on Sunday. A search of the surrounding area was also conducted to attempt to locate any patients that may have attempted to flee the scene.

According to McManus, the victims "will be investigated by ICE" after they are treated. He said they are trying to figure out who owns the truck.

The CDC says about 618 people die in the USA each year from heat-related illnesses.

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