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8 people found dead in tractor trailer in Texas parking lot

In the United States (TX) in the Parking lot of Walmart in San Antonio found a truck with 8 people dead, dozens injured. Seventeen more were transported to hospitals with life-threatening injuries, and another 13 had non-life-threatening injuries.

In Texas alone, federal immigration agents said they arrested 123 illegal immigrants with criminal records in an eight-day operation that ended last week.

Authorities said the driver had been held, but they didn't release the driver's identity.

The employee told authorities the trailer was parked at a Walmart lot in San Antonio.

They were found after an employee of the megastore called the authorities.

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San Antonio police chief, William McManus is calling this a "horrific tragedy".

According to reports, the Department of Homeland Security is also assisting the investigation due to the severity of the crime.

The National Weather Service's local office said that the temperature in San Antonio hit 101 degrees Fahrenheit just before 5pm on Saturday and didn't dip below 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Centigrade) until after 10pm.

He says federal investigators will work with San Antonio police to identify those responsible. They found the tractor-trailer had an Iowa license plate and that it was registered to Pyle Transportation Inc. of Schaller, Iowa.

A search of the surrounding area was conducted for those who may have fled the scene and officials said they will conduct another search at first sight of daylight. McManus stressed that it was not an isolated incident.

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Security camera footage from the parking lot showed several cars arriving to pick up people who had survived the journey.

Hood said they were "very fortunate" that there were not 38 people "who were all locked inside the vehicle who were dead". "Eight immigrants were found dead", Richard L. Durbin Jr., the USA attorney for the Western District of Texas, wrote in a statement released by federal immigration authorities on Sunday morning.

The San Antonio Fire Department reported that eight people died at the scene. The organization also notes that many migrants are abused during the smuggling process and made to endure severe conditions, or even die. He said the truck driver had been arrested.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials defended the use of tough methods to fight human smuggling.

"It happens late at night, under darkness because they don't want to be discovered".

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