Police Chief William McManus said a city worker who arrived at the scene at around 6 p.m. on Monday heard screams for help and got an idea of the situation. The situation came to know when the officials reached near the tractor-trailer.
P Tanner, a spokesman for the Baptist health system in San Antonio, said 46 people were found dead at the scene and two later died in hospital.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said it was nothing short of a catastrophic humanitarian disaster.
Thousands of people have lost their lives while trying to cross the US border from Mexico over the years, and the latest one is one of the most horrifying. In 2017, 10 migrants trapped in a truck parked at a Walmart in San Antonio were killed. In 2003, the bodies of 19 migrants were found in a truck parked southeast of San Antonio.
Fire Department Chief Charles Hood said that of the 16 people who were taken to hospitals, 12 were adults and four were children. The body of the patients was burning and there was absolutely no water in the trailer.
“He was battling scorching heat and fatigue. It was a refrigerated tractor-trailer but no AC was seen running on it.
AP Vaibhav Madhav