8 found dead in sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart

8 found dead in tractor-trailer outside San Antonio Walmart

8 found dead in tractor-trailer outside San Antonio Walmart

Eight people have been found dead in a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a Walmart in Texas in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case. He said 17 of those are critical condition, and 13 are in serious condition. San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood told reporters that there were 38 people in the back of the tractor trailer, including two as young as 15 years old, and described the passengers as "very hot to the touch".

Prosecutors said Williams originally earned a death sentence because he intentionally caused the immigrants' deaths by not freeing them when he knew their lives were in danger, CBS News reported. He later added that emergency workers used triage techniques to help people in what he called a "mass-casualty" event. A store working called police after a person from the trailer approached him asking for water.

They were found after an employee of the megastore called the authorities. "Homicide will work to determine the origin of this horrific tragedy".

Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told The Associated Press that based on initial interviews with survivors, there may have been more than 100 people in the truck at one point, including some who were picked up by other vehicles or who fled.

Numerous survivors appeared to be suffering from heatstroke and dehydration, the fire chief said, adding that "each one of them had heart rates over about 130 beats per minute" and were "very hot to the touch". Most of the migrants were from Central America, 48 of them minors.

The exact number of people initially in the trailer is unclear. The area was searched, and another attempt will be made in the morning, the officials said.

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Others in the trailer survived long enough to be rescued and taken to a local hospital.

Hood said they were "very fortunate" that there were not 38 people "who were all locked inside the vehicle who were dead". The truck remained in the Walmart parking lot until mid-morning on Sunday when it was towed away for further investigation.

The driver had been held, McManus said, but he didn't release the driver's identity.

That check led police to a grisly discovery: eight dead and 30 injured, including children, inside the back of an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer.

"It happens late at night, under darkness because they don't want to be discovered".

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has been to Mexico twice to discuss immigration, human trafficking and the spiraling cross-border drugs trade.

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