At least 51 people died and several others remained hospitalized Tuesday after an abandoned tractor-trailer was found in San Antonio amid sweltering heat, in what officials are calling likely the nation’s deadliest smuggling incident on record.
Bexar County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores said the death toll rose to 51 people during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Initially, 46 people were found dead in the trailer Monday and 16 people were hospitalized, authorities said.
Rubén Minutti Zanatta, Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio, said Tuesday that three of the hospitalized patients had died, leaving 13 still hospitalized, including a 16-year-old.
At least two of those 13 were in critical or grave condition, he said. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the victims had “families who were likely trying to find a better life.”
“This is nothing short of a horrific human tragedy,” Nirenberg said. “This is a horror that surpasses anything we’ve experienced before.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Christine Fernando, Cady Stanton, Claire Thornton, and Celina Tebor