Truck Driver in Custody After 9 Suspected Migrants Are Found Dead in Parking Lot
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Ten people have died and more than a dozen more face life-threatening injuries after authorities discovered them in the back of a packed and overheated 18 wheeler in San Antonio, Texas, early on Sunday.
A security guard at a Walmart in the southwest of the city received a tipoff from an unknown individual that a tractor-trailer in the store's parking lot was full of migrants, said Joe Arrington, a spokesman for the San Antonio Fire Department.
The person had been in the truck and approached the member of staff to ask for water, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus later told reporters.
Eight people were initially found dead in the tractor-trailer, and two more victims died at the hospital, a spokeswoman for ICE told NBC News Sunday afternoon.
San Antonio police said in a statement later Sunday that all of the dead are believed to have died as a result of heat exposure and asphyxiation.
The National Weather Service said the temperature in San Antonio hit 101 degrees just before 5 p.m. local Saturday and didn't dip below 90 degrees until after 10 p.m. local time, according to the Associated Press.
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