- One hundred immigrants were discovered inside a cargo truck in San Antonio.
- At least 46 had died from heatstroke due to high temperatures.
- It is the deadliest human smuggling incident in the United States.
San Antonio immigrant tragedy. Desperate cries coming from the back of a semi trailer alerted ranchería workers. «We’re not supposed to open up a truck and see stacks of bodies in there.» This was how the fire chief of San Antonio, Texas described the horrible scene he had just encountered upon arriving in the semi-rural cattle ranching area, where suspected human traffickers abandoned 100 immigrants to their fate.
So far, the confirmed number of deceased immigrants is 46, while there are only 16 survivors, including four children. Information obtained by MundoNow in Texas reveals that three people are already being detained in relation to the tragedy that has shocked the Hispanic community in the US and across the border in Mexico. This is the deadliest human smuggling case in US history. In May 2003, a total of 14 immigrants died in the same way in Victoria, Texas.
SAN ANTONIO IMMIGRANT TRAGEDY
The immigrant tragedy in San Antonio, Texas occurred on a hot Monday, June 27, 2022. That day temperatures reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). Authorities found the abandoned truck on a rural road. Ron Nirenberg, mayor of San Antonio, confirmed at a press conference that federal agents from Homeland Security Special Investigations (HSI) will be in charge of determining responsibility in the case.
HSI federal agents are already working in the area of the tragedy and interviewing the survivors to determine their countries of origin and the areas through which they allegedly crossed the border between Mexico and the United States as undocumented immigrants. Filed Under: San Antonio Immigrant Tragedy.
“A TERRIBLE HUMAN TRAGEDY”
“This is nothing short of a horrific human tragedy,” said Ron Nirenberg, mayor of San Antonio, who was almost in tears during his appearance before the media. Almost 100 people were traveling in the truck and at least 16 people were transported to hospitals in the area. Four children are among the survivors.
At midnight on Monday, June 27, 2022, the authorities in San Antonio had already confirmed the death of 46 people. However, some media outlets, such as the Houston Chronicle, put the official death toll at 50 people. Filed Under: San Antonio Immigrant Tragedy.
THERE WAS NO WATER OR VENTILATION IN THE TRUCK
San Antonio Fire Chief, Charles Hood, confirmed that the paramedics from his department treated the survivors for heat stroke after being rescued from the truck’s trailer.
SAFD Chief Hood said, in his opinion, the immigrants died from heat stroke due to the sweltering temperatures they suffered inside the metal box of the cargo truck. There was no water or ventilation in the trailer.