At least 40 migrants were reportedly found dead inside a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas on Monday.
They were discovered inside an 18-wheeler near train tracks in the Southwest Side neighborhood of San Antonio, according to a Reuters report citing a law enforcement official. An unconfirmed report by San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT put the death toll at 42, based on unidentified law enforcement sources.
A spokesperson for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Newsweek that the San Antonio Police Department was responding to the incident, while the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) would be the lead investigating agency.
Newsweek contacted the San Antonio Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Department of Homeland Security for additional information and comment.
There have been several incidents of undocumented migrants found inside semi-trucks in Texas in recent years, likely due to human trafficking. In 2017, nine people were found dead, and 20 others hospitalized after they were discovered piled into a tractor-trailer in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.