Report: At least 46 undocumented migrants found dead inside 18-wheeler in San Antonio

Report: At least 46 undocumented migrants found dead inside 18-wheeler in San Antonio

46 people found dead in 18-wheeler on Southwest Side, multiple sources report

SAN ANTONIO – Forty-six people were found dead inside a tractor-trailer on the Southwest Side, and 16 others were taken to area hospitals in varying conditions, according to San Antonio police.

The people died of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and the trailer did not have air conditioning or water, said San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood.

The victims including both men and women, “teenagers and young adults,” Hood said.

Local officials, including Hood, San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, said the investigation has already been turned over to federal authorities.

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

Several San Antonio police vehicles, as well as fire trucks and ambulances, are covering a portion of Quintana Road on the Southwest Side. U.S. Border Patrol officers were seen arriving around 8 p.m. Monday.

Dillon Collier on Twitter: “Multiple SAPD sources tell me it’s at least 40 people dead. Sixteen others were taken to area hospitals in varying conditions. Death toll could rise. https://t.co/zdb5KC6Q4M / Twitter”

Multiple SAPD sources tell me it’s at least 40 people dead. Sixteen others were taken to area hospitals in varying conditions. Death toll could rise. https://t.co/zdb5KC6Q4M

Crews are surrounding an 18-wheeler near the 9600 block of Quintana Road next to railroad tracks.

A KSAT crew has seen several ambulances leaving and going into the scene.

Leigh Waldman on Twitter: “We were just passed by this vehicle on the way to the scene pic.twitter.com/WTq8eePxqz / Twitter”

We were just passed by this vehicle on the way to the scene pic.twitter.com/WTq8eePxqz

Antonio Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities, said they are working to help survivors. However, he said they are not aware how many people they will be helping.

He said the Archbishop is devastated after hearing the news.

Archbishop Gustavo on Twitter: “Faithful of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, we are still holding in prayers our people in Uvalde; now, we are told that over 40 migrant people, our people, have died here in San Antonio. There are about 15 survivors been sent to hospitals. Let’s be in one in solidarity, O God! / Twitter”

Faithful of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, we are still holding in prayers our people in Uvalde; now, we are told that over 40 migrant people, our people, have died here in San Antonio. There are about 15 survivors been sent to hospitals. Let’s be in one in solidarity, O God!

KSAT meteorologists said the high temperature reached 101 degrees before going down at 2 p.m. on Monday once the rain arrived.

We are working to gather more information. KSAT will update you as more information becomes available.

@KSATPattySantos on Twitter: “This is the back of the trailer that sapd & HSA are surrounding pic.twitter.com/TBZEOYlGtW / Twitter”

This is the back of the trailer that sapd & HSA are surrounding pic.twitter.com/TBZEOYlGtW

Stephania Jimenez on Twitter: “these are the railroad tracks near Quintana Rd & Cassin, where at least 42 people were found dead inside of a tractor trailer. It’s a secluded area in Southwest San Antonio. @ksatnews @SATXPolice https://t.co/XDPRAiRVBn / Twitter”

these are the railroad tracks near Quintana Rd & Cassin, where at least 42 people were found dead inside of a tractor trailer. It’s a secluded area in Southwest San Antonio. @ksatnews @SATXPolice https://t.co/XDPRAiRVBn

This article originally appeared in KSAT

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