SAN ANTONIO, TX — An alert Walmart employee tipped off police to a suspicious semi-trailer truck parked outside Walmart early Sunday morning that led to the discovery of numerous deceased and suffering people inside.
In the parking lot, a man who came from the trailer approached the employee and asked for water. In return, the employee did bring water but also called police.
Law enforcement came to the scene and discovered at least 30 illegal immigrants in the trailer with scorching temperatures inside. 8 were already found deceased and at least one later died in the hospital, with dozens more in critical condition, according to ICE. Authorities believe as many as 100 immigrants may have been stuffed in the trailer at once.
San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood stated most victims will have irreversible brain damage because of the intense and prolonged heat exposure inside the trailer.
Some illegal immigrants ran off into the woods when police arrived. A helicopter was quickly dispatched.
The driver of the semi truck, 60-year-old Matthew Bradley Jr. from Florida, was arrested and is expected to be formally charged today for human smuggling. His defense is he had no idea there were illegal immigrants inside his trailer.
"Human trafficking is an epidemic that Texas is working to eradicate," Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick expressed on Facebook.