The Chief also said that a Walmart employee called the police after a person from the truck came to him and asked for water.
The truck driver accused of leaving a dozen of undocumented immigrants in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in a San Antonio parking lot has been formally charged. Thirteen others were taken on Priority 2 status: not immediately life-threatening.
"We're looking at a human trafficking crime this evening".
Twenty of the other passengers are in serious or critical condition after spending unknown hours in the back of the truck without air conditioning or proper ventilation.
The driver of the lorry found in the vehicle park at the store in San Antonio was arrested and taken into police custody, although his identity has not yet been released. Eight more people were treated for less severe injuries, officials said.
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Hood told CNN that all of the bodies were of adult males, some of whom appeared to have suffered brain damage from the heat inside the truck.
Numerous people inside of the truck were in their 20s and 30s, according to authorities, but there were also two school-aged children.
The US Department of Homeland Security has taken over the investigation of an immigrant smuggling case, where at least 8 people were found dead from heat exhaustion in a locked up trailer in San Antonio, Texas.
Temperatures in San Antonio reached highs of 100 degrees or more on multiple days in the past week. "And fortunately there are people that survived", McManus said. "The driver and whomever else we find that's involved in this will be facing state and federal charges", McManus added.
Police said while reviewing the store's surveillance video they noticed a number of cars had arrived at the store and left with some of survivors.