At least 46 people have been found deceased in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio on Monday. Three people have been taken into custody as this incident, which has been described as a “mass casualty event,” has now been identified as a federal investigation.
According to ABC News, there were 16 additional people, 12 adults, and four children, that were transported to local area hospitals. The San Antonio Fire Department said that the victims suffered from heat exhaustion. Officials found that there was no water or air conditioning in the back of the tractor-trailer, and those who were transported to hospitals were described as “hot to the touch.”
The Associated Press reports that a city worker was alerted about the situation after hearing a cry for help right before 6 pm. Officers arrived and found a body outside of the trailer and an open gate to the trailer.
Police Chief William McManus said those found inside the trailer are suspected to be a part of a migrant smuggling attempt into the United States. U.S. Homeland Security Investigations is currently leading the investigation into the incident.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott took to Twitter to speak about the situation and placed the blame on President Joe Biden.
“These deaths are on Biden. They are a result of his deadly open border policies. They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law.”
At Least 42 People Found Dead Inside Truck Carrying Migrants In Texas.
These deaths are on Biden.
They are a result of his deadly open border policies.
They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law. https://t.co/8KG3iAwlEk
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 28, 2022
At the moment, President Biden has not spoken out about the matter.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as more details become available.
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TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94