Eight dead bodies and 20 people in dire condition have been found in the back of a sweltering lorry at a supermarket parking lot in the USA city of San Antonio, the state of Texas.
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 bodies were discovered on early Sunday morning at the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart. The people in the trailer included adults in their 20s and 30s, and at least two young children.
San Antonio fire chief Charles Hood said the people were in the trailer without any type of liquid. Two of the people hospitalized are just 15 years old, a fire spokesman said.
Other details are unknown as yet and they will be updated soon as they come.
Between 30-40 others ran from the truck trailer when he opened the doors upon hearing banging and screaming within. "This was a mass-casualty situation for us so we treat it as you do an airline crash or any kind of major incident", the official said.
Thirty people, many in critical condition and suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion, were removed from the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, an official said.
Detectives have described the horrific tragedy in San Antonio as a case of human trafficking. He says numerous truck's occupants appeared to be in their 20s and 30s but that there were also what appeared to be two school-age children.
The U.S. Homeland Security Department is taking the lead in the investigation. "The driver and whomever else we find that's involved in this will be facing state and federal charges", McManus added. A surveillance video shows a number of vehicles entering the parking lot to pick "up lots of folks that were in that trailer that survived the trip", McManus told ABC News.