48 migrants die in trailer abandoned in San Antonio heat
SAN ANTONIO, T.X. (AP) — Forty-eight people have died after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer on a remote back road in the sweltering Texas heat.
It’s the latest tragedy to claim the lives of migrants smuggled across the border from Mexico to the U.S.
Nearly all of the victims in San Antonio were found Monday near the truck while two later died at a hospital.
Sixteen people had been taken to hospitals, including four children.
San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says those taken to hospitals were hot to the touch and dehydrated, and no water was found in the trailer.
The home countries of all of the migrants were not immediately known, but officials say some were from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg reacts, “I urge you all to think compassionately and pray for the deceased, the ailing, the families and we hope those responsible for putting these people in such inhumane conditions are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”