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46 found dead in semitruck in San Antonio, officials say

Sixteen others have been taken to native hospitals.

SAN ANTONIO — Forty-six folks have been found dead of heat-related accidents inside a semitruck in far southwest San Antonio on Monday night, and federal authorities have opened an investigation. 

San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood mentioned 16 others have been taken to native hospitals. Of these, 12 are adults and 4 are “pediatric” sufferers. 

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus mentioned three folks have been taken into custody, however right now it is unknown whether or not they’re “absolutely connected to this or not.”

“The plight of migrants searching for refuge is at all times a humanitarian disaster. Tonight we’re coping with a horrific human tragedy,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg mentioned. 

The nationalities and ages of the victims have not been confirmed. If the incident is confirmed as having began as a smuggling try, it will be the deadliest such occasion in U.S. historical past. 

Hood mentioned these transported to hospitals gave the impression to be affected by warmth stroke and exhaustion, including there have been “no signs of water” or working air-con in the truck. 

“We’re not imagined to open up a truck and see stacks of our bodies in there,” the fire chief added. “None of those folks have been in a position to extricate themselves out of the truck, in order that they have been nonetheless in there awaiting assist once we arrived. Too weak in state to really get out and assist themselves.”

McManus, in the meantime, mentioned he anticipated the hassle to make sure everybody in the automobile was accounted for to stretch into the hours and days forward. 

“We had our K-9s out here going through the woods and we may I have to do that again tomorrow in the light of day,” he mentioned.

A heavy legislation enforcement presence made up of greater than 20 emergency autos was deployed to the world of Quintana Road and Cassin Drive round 6 p.m., converging on the semitruck. At least 60 firefighters responded, in addition to 10 medical items. 

Baptist Medical Center in downtown San Antonio advised KENS 5 it obtained 5 sufferers, all with important accidents. At least three others have been taken to a Methodist Healthcare facility in the Alamo City, and Texas Vista Medical Center was caring for a 32-year-old man and a 26-year-old girl. 

Nirenberg mentioned that whereas migrants and asylum-seekers from different nations are inclined to cross via San Antonio en path to their subsequent locations, Monday evening’s discovery was “a far different situation than what we see.”

“It’s tragic,” he mentioned. “Our focus right now is to try to bring aid to them as best we can.”

Congressman Joaquin Castro said Monday night he has been in contact with the secretary of Homeland Security, including the company is “working to alert their families, find everyone responsible for this crime and investigate exactly what happened.” The FBI in San Antonio can be aiding in the investigation.

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Antonio Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities, was on the scene and advised KENS 5’s Henry Ramos, “We know that a lot of people have been taken to the hospitals.”

“We’re just trying to collect as much information as possible and see how we can help the people who survived,” Fernandez mentioned. “I’m not really sure those people are going to need a place to sleep tonight, or what is going to happen. We’re just trying to find out as much information as we can help them.” 

He mentioned his group will probably be prepared to assist present meals or garments, “whatever they need,” to the survivors.

“Right now,” he added, “we’re just waiting for the police to let us know exactly what we can do.”

Homeland Security officials mentioned in a press release that “details will be released as they are available.”

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