The air conditioner in the truck was not working. The people were in that trailer without any signs of any type of water. At least 38 people were in the trailer, including two “school-age children” and others in their 20s and 30s, the fire chief, Charles Hood, said at the news conference. Paramedics and emergency service workers arrived about 12:26 a.m. at the Walmart on the southbound side of Interstate 35.
Police officers at the Walmart parking in San Antonio
About 30 persons were taken to seven hospitals, 17 dehydrated and in “extremely severe” or critical condition. Some of the suspected illegal immigrants fled into the woods nearby, and the police would search on foot and by helicopter when the sun came up. It’s a human trafficking crime, so Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were involved in the investigation, Chief McManus said. The driver of the truck was taken into custody and will face federal and state charges. The names, origins and ages of the dead were not known. Investigators did not yet know where the truck came from.