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McManus initially called it a case of human trafficking and at the end of the conference said that this "is not an isolated incident". He said 17 of those are critical condition, and 13 are in serious condition.

Authorities don't know how long that truck had been sitting in the Walmart parking lot or where it came from, but they know it had no air conditioning. Authorities said they are now investigating how long the trailer was parked there and where it came from.

SAFD Chief Charles Hood said AirLife and the department's mobile mass casualty transportation vehicle were both used to transport patients from the scene to area hospitals.

A store employee became suspicious after someone got out of the trailer begging for water late Saturday night.

"We're looking at a human trafficking crime", McManus said.

Harris County District Attorney's Office First Assistant Tom Berg said, "Thirty more minutes and this could have been a dozen homicide cases".

U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will work with SAPD's Homicide Unit to investigate the incident.




With a high of 101 degrees (38 Celsius) in San Antonio on Saturday, the temperature inside a parked auto would have reached 120 degrees (49 Celsius) in 10 minutes, said Jan Null, a meteorology professor at San Jose State University who tracks US child deaths in vehicles on his website, www.NoHeatStroke.org. Measures to harden global borders encourage would-be migrants to turn to smugglers and fear of deportation deters whistle-blowing, they said.

"This happens quite frequently". The worker then called police, who found the dead and desperate inside the broiling rig.

Hood said they were "very fortunate" that there were not 38 people "who were all locked inside the vehicle who were dead".

The truck had no working air-conditioning system, and temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit, Hood said.

The scene of the crime was the interior of a semi trailer located in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio. The injured were taken to different hospitals, some by helicopter, he said.

Investigators could be seen gathering evidence from the truck yesterday hours after those who were inside - living and dead - were taken away. "So the inside of the truck was just austere condition that nobody was going to survive in it".

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has been to Mexico twice to discuss immigration, human trafficking and the spiraling cross-border drugs trade. The arrested driver faces state and federal charges, police said.

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