Eight Illegal Immigrants, Including Children, Found Dead in Truck

The police of the United States city of San Antonio, Texas, found the bodies of eight people, including two school-age children, along with 30 others who are injured, in a trailer parked near a supermarket, local authorities said on Sunday.

Police were called to the scene after a person from the truck approached a Walmart employee and asked for water.

The Department of Homeland Security is assisting in the investigation.

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. The employee called the police after giving the person water. They are still investigating the case.

He said they had no water and that the air conditioning in the truck was broken.

He confirmed that eight people were found dead when they arrived at the spot, whereas, 23 others were in critical condition, suffering from dehydration and heatstroke. He was not immediately identified and it's unclear how long the trailer had been parked.

He said the matter was "like in any other major incident" and was being treated like a mass-casualty crime.

The truck driver faces both state and federal charges.

Authorities have not said whether the rig was locked when cops arrived, or whether it was used to smuggle the almost 40 people across the border into the US.

Among the eight dead were two young children.

Authorities said they would be checking nearby woods again for those who may have gotten out of the trailer on Sunday morning. "This happens quite frequently under cover of night", McManus said.

Ten days earlier, Houston police officers discovered 12 illegal aliens locked inside a trailer in the sweltering heat of the Texas summer, Breitbart Texas reported. He was sentenced to 34 years in prison after multiple life sentences were overturned.

The truck was open by the time police arrived, shortly after midnight, a spokesman told The Washington Post.

"All were victims of ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the well-being of their fragile cargo", Richard Durbin, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, told the newswire.

  • Jon Douglas