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San Antonio: Eight found dead in truck in Walmart car park


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Media captionPolice Chief William McManus and Fire Chief Charles Hood told reporters about the discovery

Eight people have been found dead inside a trailer truck parked outside a Walmart store in San Antonio, in the US state of Texas, police officials say.

Twenty others were in critical or serious condition, with some believed to be suffering heatstroke or dehydration, and taken to hospital.

Police did not say where the vehicle came from, but confirmed that the driver was in custody.

They are investigating a possible people-smuggling offence.

The US immigration department is trying to establish the victims’ status.

San Antonio is a few hours’ drive from the border with Mexico.

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Image caption The group of people found included both adults and children

Police Chief William McManus said in a press briefing that the bodies were discovered after a call from a Walmart employee, who had been approached by someone from the truck asking for water.

Video footage from the store showed a number of vehicles arriving to pick up some of the survivors.

“We’re looking at a human trafficking crime this evening,” he added.

Several others may have managed to escape on foot into the woods nearby.


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Local fire chief Charles Hood said they had arrived at the scene just after midnight to find eight people dead in the back of the trailer truck, which had no functioning air conditioning and no signs of water inside.

The survivors had heart rates of over 130 beats per minute and were very hot to touch. In addition to the 20 people in a critical condition, eight others were taken to hospital in a less severe state.

The fire chief confirmed at least two of the victims were school-age children. Their condition is not clear.

“We’re very fortunate that there weren’t 38 of these people who were all locked inside this vehicle dead,” he added.

Weather in the area has been hot and dry.

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