The rescue service was alerted to the scene Monday night local time after someone nearby heard screams for help from the truck. This person must have peeped through a truck door that was partially open and saw many dead people. It would have to be about 50 people at least, according to Reuters, referring to Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.
There is still little information about the identity of the victims or their whereabouts, but according to CNN, two of the survivors are from Guatemala. According to Ebrard, among the dead were 22 Mexicans, seven Guatemalans and one Honduran.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced, Tuesday, that he will meet with US President Joe Biden in Washington on July 12. The focus of the discussions will be immigration.
June was the hottest month ever in San Antonio and the truck passengers must have died from the heat. According to the rescue service, no water was found in the truck, which was found abandoned in a sparsely populated area, according to the New York Times.
Local police believe some people tried to jump out of the truck when bodies were found in several blocks and say they don’t yet know how many were in the truck in total, The Texas Tribune reports.
– It is nothing but a tragedy, says San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg at a press conference.
Similar event in 2017
Of the 16 who were taken to hospital for treatment, four are children and 12 adults.
Three people have been arrested, but according to CNN, it remains unclear what their connection to the incident was.
In 2017, San Antonio police found 39 people in similar circumstances. Ten people were killed then and the truck driver was sentenced to life in prison in 2018.
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