In suspected human trafficking case, eight found dead in truck in Texas [Photos]
Eight people were found dead Sunday in a truck in a parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, in an apparent people trafficking case, authorities said.
Eight suspected migrants were found dead early Sunday inside an overheated truck in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, and nearly 30 others were hospitalised, in what police said appeared to be a "horrific" human trafficking crime. AP
San Antonio police officers investigate the scene on Sunday. It was not immediately clear how many people made it off the truck alive, police chief McManus said. AP
Federal immigration officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement have also been notified of the incident. San Antonio lies a few hours drive from the border with Mexico's Nuevo Leon state. AP
This is not an isolated incident. Tens of thousands of illegal migrants from Mexico and Central America attempt to make the treacherous trip to the United States each year. AP
A hearse sits in the parking space of the Walmart store where the migrants were found. In 2003, 19 would-be migrants died in an overheated truck while being taken from south Texas near the Mexican border to Houston. The smugglers in their haste to evade authorities often leave passengers without air conditioning, and consequentially without air to breathe. AP