Eight people, including two children, were found dead in a Texas WalMart parking lot. They were locked in the back of the truck where temperatures reached near boiling – with no air conditioning, or even water.
Police believe this to be a human trafficking case.
In total, police found 38 people on the trucks. Everyone was rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
The Daily Mail reports:
The people inside the tractor-trailer were found in the early hours of Sunday morning after one of them approached a Walmart worker in the store parking lot and asked for some water.
The employee gave the person the water and then called police, and when officers arrived they found the eight people dead in the back of the trailer, police Chief William McManus said.
Investigators checked store surveillance video, which showed vehicles had arrived and picked up other people from the tractor-trailer, police said.
‘We’re looking at a human trafficking crime this evening,’ McManus said.
He called the case ‘a horrific tragedy.’
The police chief added that the Department of Homeland Security has joined an investigation to figure out what happened with the truck.
The city’s fire chief, Charles Hood, said rescuers swiftly got patients out of the back of the truck.
He added: ‘We had another 20 patients that were either in extremely critical condition or very serious condition and they have been transported to a number of hospitals.
‘They were very hot to the touch. So these people were in this trailer without any signs of any type of water.’
Police said Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been notified.
The sweltering temperatures in San Antonio hit 101 degrees just before 5pm on Saturday and did not fall back below 90 until after 10pm.
The weather is so hot, this was not the first case like this that police had seen. Over the years, dozens of victims of human trafficking have died while being transported because of the temperature.