(dpa) – According to new information, most of the immigrants found dead in the trailer of a parked truck in the United States are women. Only 12 of the 51 dead were men, Mexican immigration chief Francisco Gardoño said Wednesday in Mexico City. The body has not yet been identified. It was not clear whether children were among the dead. Gardonio told reporters that 27 of the victims were Mexicans, 14 from Honduras, 14 from Guatemala and two from El Salvador.
According to local police, a worker discovered the bodies on Monday evening (local time) after hearing a call for help from the trailer. At least 16 survivors became dehydrated and were hospitalized with heat exhaustion. According to the Texas City Fire Department, the trailer, which was parked in about 40 degrees on the outskirts of San Antonio, appeared to have no air conditioning or water system. The victims were allegedly smuggled into the United States, and San Antonio is located only about 250 kilometers from the Mexican border.
According to Gardonio, the truck passed two CBP checkpoints on Monday. The license plates and logos of a Texas company were fake. The driver said he was a survivor. However, he was identified and – like two other suspects – arrested. Two Mexicans are being investigated. The foreign ministers of Mexico and Guatemala announced that their countries would participate in the investigation.
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