The bodies were found Monday in a truck parked on the road near the railroad tracks in southern San Antonio. The preliminary conclusion is that the dead were immigrants from Mexico. The truck was parked about 250 km from the border. Four of those transferred to the hospital were minors. Authorities said there were no children among the dead. The initial conclusion was that people died as a result of the intense heat.
The temperature in San Antonio, about 160 miles (250 km) from the Mexican border, rose to 39.4 degrees. Police are yet to respond to the incident in which 46 people were killed. There are reports that three people are in custody but no further details have been released. Police conducted an inspection at the scene. Further details on the health status of those admitted to the hospital have not been released.
Texas Governor Grub Abbott said the dead were all refugees. But it is not clear from which countries they are from. The Mexican foreign minister called the incident a “Texas disaster.” Police Chief William McManus said the search was carried out after hearing noises from the truck. The container door was left open. He said several bodies were found inside the examination. A Honduran foreign ministry spokesman told Reuters that consulates in Houston and Dallas would investigate the incident.
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