28th June 2022 – (Houston) More than 40 people were found dead on Monday inside a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, U.S. state of Texas, local media reported.
The truck was found next to railroad tracks in a remote area on the city’s southern outskirts, according to the reports.
Forty-six suspected undocumented migrants died from heat in the 18-wheeler, said the reports, citing local fire department authorities.
About 15 others were rescued and transported to area hospitals. At least five of them were in critical conditions, said the reports.
“There are about 46 migrants dead in San Antonio … They hoped for a better life. Lord after Uvalde and now this, help us!” Archbishop Gustavo tweeted.
“More than 40 hopeful lives were lost. I urge you to think compassionately, pray for the deceased, the ailing, and their families at this moment,” Ron Nirenberg, mayor of San Antonio, which is ranked as the 7th largest city in the United States, tweeted on Monday night.
”Migrants seeking asylum should always be treated as a humanitarian crisis, but this evening we’re facing a horrific human tragedy,” the mayor lamented.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is seeking reelection in November, put the death toll to at least 42, slamming U.S. President Joe Biden for the tragedy.
“At Least 42 People Found Dead Inside Truck Carrying Migrants In Texas. These deaths are on Biden. They are a result of his deadly open border policies,” the governor tweeted.
The bodies were discovered at an intersection near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas Tribune reported, citing local officials on condition of anonymity.
KSAT-TV reported that ambulances and law enforcement officials, including agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, had swarmed the scene.