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46 people found dead in trailer, 16 hospitalized, San Antonio officials say

SAN ANTONIO – Forty-six people had been found dead in a tractor-trailer on the Southwest Side, and 16 have been transported to space hospitals, in line with San Antonio police and hearth officials.

“It’s tragic,” Nirenberg stated. “They had families… and were likely trying to find a better life. It’s nothing short of a horrific, human tragedy.”

Authorities couldn’t instantly affirm if the victims had been migrants or what nation they had been from.

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San Antonio Police Chief William McManus stated officers obtained a name 10 minutes earlier than 6 p.m. Monday to the 9600 block of Quintana Road when an individual working close by heard a cry for assist.

When the employee approached, he noticed a number of our bodies inside an 18-wheeler trailer with its doorways partially open.

Crews with San Antonio Fire Department arrived on the scene to seek out “stacks of bodies” in the trailer and lots of people too weak to let themselves out, in line with SAFD Chief Charles Hood.

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Hood stated 46 people, women and men who ranged from teenagers to younger adults, had been pronounced dead on the scene.

He stated they died from warmth stroke and warmth exhaustion because the trailer had no air con and no water. Temperatures reached greater than 100 levels on Monday.

First responders helped 16 people — 12 adults and 4 minors — out of the trailer.

The survivors had been rushed to native hospitals with heat-related accidents, Hood stated.

“Very hopeful they’re going to survive,” he stated.

Ten medic models had been used to move the survivors. Hood stated 60 members of the SAFD will endure behavioral assessments after seeing the stacks of our bodies. Overall, he stated the response “went very smoothly and very quickly.”

McManus stated three people are in custody. However, he stated he was not sure in the event that they had been linked to the tragedy.

McManus stated federal Homeland Security Investigations could be taking up the investigation.

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Antonio Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities, stated they’re working to assist survivors.

He stated the Archbishop is devastated after listening to the information.

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KSAT meteorologists stated the excessive temperature reached 101 levels earlier than taking place at 2 p.m. on Monday as soon as the rain arrived.

KSAT will replace this story with the newest data because it turns into out there.

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