Authorities in the city of San Antonio in the US state of Texas discovered a gruesome scene Monday after at least 46 people were found dead in a tractor-trailer near Lackland Air Force Base.
The bodies were found in an 18-wheeler next to a set of railroad tracks in a secluded area in the southwest part of the city near the intersection of Cassin Drive and Quintana Road.
Police say temperatures in South Central Texas reached 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius) on Monday when the bodies were discovered.
“It’s probably close to 100 (degrees) in the truck,” a law enforcement official said in an interview, adding that “about half” of the group were likely dead.
At least 16 other people were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are on the scene and believe the bodies were those of migrants.
The US-Mexico border is a gateway for cross-border smuggling and human trafficking, but the sweltering summer heat in Texas makes this illegal activity even more dangerous as temperatures consistently reach and surpass the 100-degree mark.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.