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US 18-wheeler with 55 people in back stopped in San Antonio

09:53  13 june  2018
09:53  13 june  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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An 18 - wheeler carrying 55 people was stopped on the north side of San Antonio Tuesday night, reports the CBS affiliate there, KENS-TV. Police officers are seen with some of the 55 people found in back of tractor-trailer stopped in San Antonio on night of June 12, 2018.

An 18 - wheeler carrying 55 people was stopped on the north side of San Antonio Tuesday night, reports the CBS affiliate there, KENS-TV. Police officers are seen with some of the 55 people found in back of tractor-trailer stopped in San Antonio on night of June 12, 2018 KENS-TV Officials say

Tractor-trailer stopped on night of June 12, 2018 is seen in San Antonio with some of the 55 people police said were in the back of the vehicle: san-antonio-tractor-trialer-stopped-55-people-in-back-061218.jpg © KENS-TV san-antonio-tractor-trialer-stopped-55-people-in-back-061218.jpg An 18-wheeler carrying 55 people was stopped on the north side of San Antonio Tuesday night, reports the CBS affiliate there, KENS-TV. The driver of the truck was arrested.

Officials haven't said where the people were from or where they were going, but U.S. Border Patrol and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents were called in. Officials in unmarked vehicles were at the scene.

The San Antonio Fire Department rescued the people. Several were young teens.

Some of the 55 were treated by Emergency Medical Services personnel for minor injuries. Five were transported to a nearby hospital. Officials say the injuries happened as the people were getting out of the truck.

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The San Antonio Fire Department rescued the people . Police officers are seen with some of the 55 people found in back of tractor-trailer stopped in San Antonio on night of June 12, 2018 KENS-TV Officials say the truck was air conditioned and the people had water in the trailer, but were hungry.

SAN ANTONIO -- At least 9 people died after being crammed into the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer found Police officers work on a crime scene after several people were found dead inside an 18 - wheeler trailer parked behind a Walmart store in San Antonio , Texas, on Sun., July 23, 2017.

The remaining 50 people were being taken to a detention center.

a group of people standing in the grass: Police officers are seen with some of the 55 people found in back of tractor-trailer stopped in San Antonio on night of June 12, 2018 © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Police officers are seen with some of the 55 people found in back of tractor-trailer stopped in San Antonio on night of June 12, 2018

Officials say the truck was air conditioned and the people had water in the trailer, but were hungry.

"This was a totally different situation from the last time we had this," SAFD Chief Charles Hood said, referring to an incident last year in which some smuggling victims died after being found in a trailer on the southwest side.

"This is not like last time when we had a bunch of body bags. There are agents at the hospitals talking with people. We are compassionate and providing good care. Each person has been medically screened."

A representative from the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) was on hand to advocate for the peoples' right to legal counsel.

"We help people seek asylum," said Jenny Hixon, RAICES Director of Education and Outreach. "We need to be humanitarian. We need to do something that is consistent with our values. We must show dignity and respect. We don't know where they are going. There are lots of detention centers around South Texas."


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