8 people found dead in sweltering tractor-trailer at San Antonio Walmart

8 people found dead in sweltering tractor-trailer at San Antonio Walmart

Police have discovered the bodies of eight people and 17 others in critical conditions at a Walmart #Parking Lot in #San Antonio, Texas, early Sunday. He says numerous truck's occupants appeared to be in their 20s and 30s but that there were also what appeared to be two school-age children.

Authorities said the truck didn't have functional air conditioning, despite scorching temperatures in San Antonio this weekend.

Authorities said they would be checking nearby woods again for those who may have gotten out of the trailer on Sunday morning.

"We treat it like you would do an airline crash", said fire chief Charles Hood.

Hood told reporters, "it was a mass casualty for us".

McManus said officials were led to the scene by a man who approached a store employee asking for water.

"Late last night we got a call from a Walmart employee to conduct a welfare check on a tractor trailer that was parked in the lot here".

Police Chief William McManus says "This happens all the time", and "This is not an isolated incident". The driver is expected to face state and federal charges.

"We are still learning about the tragic events that unfolded on our doorstep overnight, which shines a bright light on the plight of immigrants looking for a better life and victims of human trafficking".

The truck's driver was arrested and will be charged, said Richard Durbin, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, and prosecutors will work to identify others responsible. "Fortunately we came across this one", McManus said.

Police said all the victims are believed to be undocumented immigrants.

Thomas Homan, acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), weighed in on the incident, calling it a "horrific crime". Those with non-life threatening injuries were taken to five other area hospitals, KENS5 reported.

The temperature in San Antonio had been in the 90s just before eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer outside a Walmart store. I personally worked on a tragic tractor trailer case in Victoria, Texas in 2003 in which 19 people were killed as a result of the smugglers' total indifference to the safety of those smuggled and to the law.

President Donald Trump has pledged to build a security wall along America's border with its neighbor - and make Mexico pay for it - in order to crack down on illegal immigration, leading to raised tensions with Mexico City.

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