Behind a tractor truck in San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 27 – Photo: KSAT
According to the newspaper New York TimesTwo sources said police found more than 12 other people and took them to a local hospital. This could be one of the biggest migrant-related tragedies in the US in recent years.
All victims are believed to have crossed the border illegally to the US.
Residents said the San Antonio Police Department was looking for the driver of the vehicle. This person abandoned the car before it was discovered in a remote area near the tracks and car park.
Rescue workers at the scene found 40 bodies in San Antonio on June 27 – Photo: KSAT
Meanwhile, according to multiple sources of local KSAT Radio, at least 46 people were found dead inside this tractor trailer and 16 others were taken to hospital. According to KSAT, police were at the scene at about 6 pm on June 27 local time, or about 6 am on June 28 Vietnam time.
Theo New York Times, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced that one of the Mexican consular officers was arriving at the site. Mr Ebrard offered his condolences and said the nationality of the victims was not known yet.
Rescue workers at the scene discovered 40 bodies in a tractor trailer in San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 27 – Photo: AP
Texas is the state with a record number of migrants crossing the border from Mexico. Authorities here are already preparing for a new wave of border crossings, which are expected to increase in the spring and summer.
The cause of death for more than 40 people in San Antonio is unknown. However, San Antonio and other cities across Texas are experiencing near-record hot weather in June.
The US Department of Homeland Security is expected to receive the investigation soon. A spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection said the Homeland Security Investigations team had arrived at the scene, but did not provide further details.
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