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At least 40 found dead in back of tractor trailer

 

At least 40 found dead in back of tractor trailer
Photo by: Eric Gay/AP

Officials say that 46 people were found dead and 16 others were taken to the hospital after a tractor-trailer truck full of suspected migrants was found on a back road in southwest San Antonio on Monday.


Police Chief William McManus said that a call for help reached a city worker at the scene just before 6 p.m. on Monday. He said that when the police arrived, they found a dead body on the ground outside the trailer and a gate that was only partly closed.


Fire Chief Charles Hood said that 12 adults and 4 children were taken to the hospital because they were sick from the heat. He said that the people in the trailer were hot to the touch and thirsty, and that there was no water in the trailer.


McManus said it wasn't clear if the three people who were arrested had anything to do with human trafficking.

McManus said that the people in the trailer were likely trying to sneak into the United States by smuggling migrants. The investigation was being led by the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.


A South Texas official told The Associated Press that the people in the trailer were likely trying to sneak migrants into the country. The official spoke on the condition that he or she could not be named because the information was not ready to be made public.

It may be the worst thing to happen to people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. in the last few decades. In 2017, ten migrants died when they were stuck inside a truck that was parked at a San Antonio Walmart. In 2003, 19 people trying to get to the United States were found in a hot truck southeast of San Antonio.


In the early 1990s, when U.S. border patrols were stepped up in San Diego and El Paso, Texas, the busiest places for illegal crossings, big rigs became a popular way to sneak in drugs.


Before that, people paid small fees to small businesses to help them cross a border that wasn't very well guarded. After the terrorist attacks in the U.S. in 2001, it became more and more difficult for people to cross the border. As a result, they were led through more dangerous terrain and charged thousands of dollars more.


Heat is very dangerous, especially when temperatures inside cars can get very high. Monday was mostly cloudy in the San Antonio area, but temperatures were close to 100 degrees.

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