As a truck driver and two Mexican men are arrested in connection with the smuggling incident, Joe Biden condemns the deaths as ‘horrifying and heartbreaking. U.S. officials opened a criminal probe into the deaths of fifty-one individuals trapped inside a blistering trailer found abandoned in San Antonio, Texas.
As a result of the tragic incident, US authorities announced that they would conduct a thorough criminal investigation into the death of people caught inside the sweltering truck. Consequently, around 51 people lost their lives inside the abandoned truck.#criminalinvestigation pic.twitter.com/Nq6ejdADtv
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In recent history, this was one of the deadliest human trafficking tragedies. U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas told the Associated Press that the security officials arrested the truck driver and two others involved in the smuggling incident. A Mexican official told the Reuters news agency that the driver is an American and is currently in hospital.
In addition, two Mexican citizens, Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez and Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao, were arrested from the building where the truck was registered. According to court papers, the men are accused of illegally possessing firearms while residing in the United States. There were no specific allegations regarding the deaths in the complaints.
As temperatures spiked to 39.4C (103F), thirty-nine men and twelve women found dead on Monday on the outskirts of San Antonio. In a report to Reuters, a local law enforcement official said bodies had been found strewn around a couple of blocks after the trailer’s rear door had been opened.
According to local authorities, neither water nor air-conditioning was visible inside the truck. Officials reported “stacks of bodies” and that some refugees and migrants were hot to the touch. According to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, the lack of labor in the city is unspeakable, causing the community to rely on migrants. He added that there are no words to describe how tragic it is.”
On Monday, the police chief of San Antonio said a person who works in a nearby building heard cries for help, explored the trailer door, and saw dozens of bodies inside. Reuters reports that one of the CBP officials and two other law enforcement officials expect refugee and migrant survivors to be released into the U.S. for asylum or humanitarian assistance.