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46 People Found Dead Inside 18-Wheeler According to San Antonio Police & Fire Department

The San Antonio Police Department shared details of the “horrific tragedy” on Monday. Forty-six men and women have been found dead in an 18-wheeler in southwest San Antonio, Texas. They are all believed to undocumented migrants.

Authorities described a horrific scene where they found bodies of men and women inside the trailer which was discovered Monday as temperatures reached a high of 103 degrees

Chief William P. McManus said in a live press conference via Facebook that police received the first call at 5:50 p.m. local time. An employee who worked at a nearby building “heard a cry for help” and “came out to investigate.” Upon approaching the truck, he saw the door was “partially open” and soon found the 46 dead individuals inside.

An additional 16 people (12 adults and four children) were rushed to nearby hospitals in varying conditions after multiple police, fire trucks and ambulances responded to the scene at the 9600 block of Quintana Road.

Two were admitted to University Hospital and at least five were brought to Baptist Medical Center in unknown conditions, PEOPLE confirms.

Chief McManus added that three people are now in custody; however, it’s not clear if they’re “absolutely connected” to the deaths.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said the fire department was called to the scene over reports of a dead individual. Upon arrival, they found the trailer with one body outside and multiple bodies inside.

“The patients that we saw were hot to the touch,” Chief Hood said of the victims. “They were suffering from exhaustion, no signs of water in the vehicle.” There was also no working air conditioning unit on the vehicle.

“We’re not supposed to open up a truck and see stacks of bodies in there,” he continued. “None of us come to work imagining that.”

Those taken to the hospital were conscious “at the time of transportation,” he added, later saying that they’re expected “to survive.”

The trailer was crammed full of people as temperatures in San Antonio reached a high of 103 degrees.

It is not clear how many people were in the tractor-trailer when it was abandoned near train tracks and an auto salvage yard, or how long they had been inside. Not everyone has been accounted for.

“This is nothing short of a horrific tragedy,” said San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Our job is not to ask why. Our job is to ask how we can help. That’s why you’re seeing medical assistance. As far as the federal investigation goes, that’s in the hands of the feds. I’m sure there will be more questions and hopefully some answers as we move forward.”

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson tells PEOPLE, “On June 27, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) responded to a call from San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) in reference to an alleged human smuggling event involving a tractor trailer on Quintana Road near Cassin Road. Upon arrival in the scene, HSI confirmed more than 40 deceased individuals.”

They added, “HSI continues its enforcement efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities. We will continue to address the serious public safety threat posed by human smuggling organizations and their reckless disregard for the health and safety of those smuggled. To report suspicious activity, we encourage people to call the HSI Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. All calls are kept confidential.”

San Antonio Fire Department confirms to PEOPLE that this is “an active and ongoing incident” with the investigation being led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Homeland Security Investigations San Antonio confirms to PEOPLE the agency is on scene. The agency will lead a federal investigation.

HSI San Antonio has initiated an investigation with support of SAPD. Details will be released as they are available, and the criminal investigation remains ongoing.

San Antonio is expecting an estimated 19,000 migrants to pass through the city this June as the federal government will provide $10.8 million in reimbursements through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for hotel rooms, food and a planned processing center, according to KSAT-TV.

“We’ve seen unprecedented numbers coming through San Antonio” Assistant City Manager Lori Houston told the outlet. “The past three months, we’ve seen about 50,000 migrants coming to San Antonio from the border.”

Monday’s tragedy is one of the deadliest in recent history involving migrants. In 2019, a similar fatal road crossing incident in England resulted in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants, according to Sky News. The victims were found in a similar truck, dying from suffocation and hypothermia.

News Source >> 46 People Dead, 16 Hospitalized After Being Found Inside 18-Wheeler in San Antonio

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Four-Vehicle Collision near Dolphin Road Leaves 1 Dead

The crash happened around 2 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near Dolphin Road, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office. A four-vehicle accident killed one person and shut down Interstate 30 east of downtown Dallas for several hours Monday morning, officials said.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near Dolphin Road, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office. Dallas Fire-Rescue crews responded and found one person dead.

Deputies learned that the crash involved four vehicles in the left lane of the highway, where a Chevrolet Malibu stalled. A box truck struck the Malibu, and then a pickup truck struck the box truck. A sedan came along and crashed into the truck, officials said.

After the crash, the pickup truck drove away and the driver of the box truck fled the scene before deputies arrived. The box truck remained at the crash scene. Authorities shut down the highway for several hours, backing up traffic through downtown into the morning rush hour.

The name of the victim has not been released. More information about the crash was not available.

News Source >> 1 killed in 4-vehicle crash that shut down I-30 for hours in Dallas

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Avenue U Detour Alert! Close of South of Loop 88 (FM 1585/130th Street) to All Traffic

Beginning Monday, June 13, Loop 88 project contractor Sacyr Construction, USA, LLC, will close Avenue U, south of Loop 88 (FM 1585/130th Street), to all traffic. The closure will allow crews to safety continue installing the permanent draining system for the new freeway facility.

Local traffic needing access to Avenue U are encouraged to follow the posted detour signs. The closure is expected to remain in place through Friday, June 17.

The drainage work is part of a $154.8 million TxDOT project to convert FM 1585 from a rural, two-lane roadway into Loop 88, a six-lane freeway with frontage roads, bridges, and ramps.

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Texas Highway 32 Fatal Car Crash Left a Man Seriously Injured

A man from Licking was seriously hurt Saturday night in a crash west of his hometown.

Joseph A. Kaplan, 26, was driving an eastbound 2013 Chevrolet Malibu that failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway, ran off the left side of the highway, struck several trees and overturned at 8:27 p.m., said Tpr. Marty Wiseman of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident was about five miles west of Licking on Highway 32.

Kaplan, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken by air ambulance to Cox South in Springfield.

News Source: Man seriously hurt in Texas County accident on Highway 32

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Two Dead after two-vehicle collision in San Benito

The San Benito Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle crash that left two people dead.

Police responded to the 27000 block of State Highway 345 Friday at about 7:30 a.m. in reference to the crash, according to a news release. Two males in their 30s were pronounced deceased as a result of the crash.

“It is believed a delivery truck traveling northbound struck the vehicle the males were driving while they were attempting a U-turn,” the news release stated.

The identities of the victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

News source: San Benito police investigating fatal two-vehicle crash

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Two Traffic Signals in Greenwood & Odessa are Scheduled to Operate from this Monday

As per Texas Department of Transportation, Two sets of recently installed traffic signals are scheduled to be put into operation Monday, June 13, 2022.

In Greenwood, traffic signals on FM 307 at the intersection of County Road 1090 should be put in operation Monday morning. Traffic signals at Billy Hext Road and the service roads of Highway 191 in Odessa should be put in operation Monday afternoon.

Motorists are reminded that running red lights can have catastrophic results. Traffic control devices should always be respected and obeyed to protect you and your passengers.

Several locations also had improvements made with overhead lighting. These locations are scheduled to be finished this summer:

Midland County: (three locations) Business Interstate 20 at County Road 1310; FM 307 at County Road 1050; and FM 1379 at County Road 120.
Ector County: (three locations) Highway 385 at Mescalero Drive; Highway 385 at Calcutta Street; and FM 2020 (University Boulevard) at Knox Avenue.
Andrews County: (two locations) Highway 385 at County Road 8000; and Highway 115 at Loop 1910 on the west side of Andrews.
Crane County: FM 1233 at FM 1601.
Ward County: FM 1776 at County Road 371.
Willis Electric Co. of Abilene won the project with a low bid of $1.74 million.

News source: Texas Department of Transportation