At least 46 migrants found dead inside a truck in San Antonio
More than 40 people were found dead Monday in the trailer of an abandoned tractor-trailer in San Antonio in what appears to be the deadliest human smuggling case in modern U.S. history.
SAN ANTONIO — More than 40 people were found dead Monday in the trailer of an abandoned big-rig truck in San Antonio in what appears to be the deadliest human smuggling case in modern U.S. history.
At least 46 people were found dead in the tractor-trailer amid sweltering Texas heat, officials said. Sixteen others, including four children, were hospitalized, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said.
The victims, who have yet to be identified, were males and females, with many of them young adults, officials said.
Three people were taken into custody following the discovery, San Antonio Police Chief William P. McManus said, though he added authorities did not know if they were definitely connected to the incident. He did not expand on their identities.
The grim discovery was made early Monday evening in an undeveloped area of southwest San Antonio near the railroad tracks. Someone who works in the area reported hearing a cry for help and spotted at least one body, officials said.
“We’re not supposed to open up a truck and see stacks of bodies in there,” Hood said.
McManus said the survivors lacked water and air conditioning. “The patients that we saw were hot to the touch,” he said. “They were suffering from heat stroke, heat exhaustion.”