8 dead, 30 found injured inside semi-trailer at San Antonio Walmart

Trevor Jackson
July 27, 2017

Eight men were found dead in the vehicle, and 28 others, including children, were taken to hospital when it was discovered in a Walmart auto park in San Antonio, Texas, Sunday morning.

Police said they got the tip about the truck from a Walmart employee who was making rounds late Saturday night and was approached by someone from the truck "asking for water".

The scene of the crime was the interior of a semi trailer located in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio.

Among the eight dead were two young children. 20 others have been hospitalized in "extremely critical" or "very serious" condition, according to San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood. All survivors were taken to several hospitals. They say they're "looking at a human trafficking crime".

Surveillance footage showed several vehicles had come to the auto park to pick up travellers who had made it out of the truck alive.

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The truck's driver, named by the U.S. Attorney's Office as James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, of Clearwater, Fla., was arrested in connection with the incident and was expected to appear in court on Monday.

"The truck was loaded with people", Chief Hood added.

Eight victims were pronounced dead at the scene and officials said all of those found dead are believed to have died as a result of heat exposure/asphyxiation, KENS5 reported. The convicted police found the people in the loader, where they did not have air conditioner, and the outside temperature reached 37 degrees.

These kinds of horrific tragedies are occurring with shocking frequency in San Antonio, which has become a center of human smuggling and trafficking. Officials say they will not release the identities of the victims or where they're from until their families can be notified. "This happens quite frequently ... fortunately there are people who survived, but this happens all the time".

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