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46 migrants found dead in tractor-trailer in Texas

The grim discovery was one of the worst disasters involving migrants in the United States in recent years – and came five years after a similar fatal incident in the same city, a few hours from the Mexican border.

In this aerial photo, members of law enforcement are investigating a tractor trailer on June 27, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. According to reports, at least 46 people believed to be migrant workers from Mexico were found dead in an abandoned tractor trailer. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar / Getty Images / AFP

WASHINGTON – At least 46 migrants were found dead on Monday in and around a tractor-trailer abandoned on the side of a road in San Antonio in central Texas, authorities said.

The grim discovery was one of the worst disasters involving migrants in the United States in recent years – and came five years after a similar fatal incident in the same city, a few hours from the Mexican border.

“At this time, we have treated approximately 46 corpses that have been triaged and marked and declared dead,” San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood told reporters.

He said 16 people had been transported to the hospital alive and conscious – 12 adults and four pediatric patients.

“The patients we saw were hot to the touch, they suffered from heat stroke, heat exhaustion, no sign of water in the vehicle, it was a chilled tractor-trailer, but there was no visible working AC unit on that rig.” said Hood.

Officials reported that three people were remanded in custody over the incident.

San Antonio, located about 250 kilometers (150 miles) from the border, is an important transit route for human traffickers.

The vehicle was found on a road near Highway I-35, a large U.S. artery that stretches all the way to the border with Mexico.

A massive emergency operation was underway on the scene with police, fire brigade and ambulances.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican who advocates a hard line on immigration, slammed President Joe Biden over the disaster – blaming his “deadly open border policy.”

“These deaths are on Biden,” Abbott tweeted. “They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law.”

San Antonio was the site of a similar migrant tragedy in 2017, when 10 people were strangled to death in a suffocating trailer with broken air conditioning and clogged ventilation holes as they entered the United States.

Dozens more had been hospitalized with heatstroke and dehydration – and the truck is believed to have held as many as 200 people, most of whom fled when it stopped in a parking lot.

“Lord have mercy on them. They were hoping for a better life,” tweeted Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio, after the news of Monday’s discovery.

“Again, killing and destroying the lack of courage to deal with immigration reform lives.”



46 migrants found dead in tractor-trailer in Texas

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