A man believed to be the driver of a truck carrying up to 100 suspected illegal immigrants in Texas is expected to be charged in relation to the deaths of ten of the occupants.
Sixty-year-old Florida native James Matthew Bradley Jr was identified by the US Attorney’s office as the driver, and was arrested in connection with the incident which occurred in San Antonio. Federal prosecutors say he will be charged on Monday, however according to Reuters, the local US Attorney’s Office would not confirm whether Mr Bradley was the truck driver who was arrested.
Thirty people were found, with at least 20 in critical condition in a trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, where temperatures outside the vehicle reached 100 degrees and temperatures inside were thought to have been as high as 140 degrees.
It is believed that as many as 100 people were pressed together in the trailer, and four of the survivors were thought to be between the ages of 10 and 17, according to The Washington Post. Some of the people allegedly smuggled into the country had fled to the wooded area surrounding Walmart, police say.
Many were suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion, and their skin was very hot to the touch, rescuers said. Their hearts were racing, and some will have suffered irreversible brain damage. The trailer lacked any air conditioning and did not have a water supply. (Reuters)