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Death toll rises to 53 in Texas tractor-trailer tragedy

Death toll rises to 53 in Texas tractor-trailer tragedy
US authorities found migrants inside back of truck in San Antonio amid high temperatures

By Servet Gunerigok

WASHINGTON (AA) - The number of deaths rose to 53 in a tractor-trailer tragedy in the US state of Texas after two more migrants died, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Authorities found nearly 50 migrants inside the back of the truck in San Antonio amid high temperatures Monday. They said the victims suffered heat-related illnesses.

Police said temperatures in southcentral Texas hit 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius) when the bodies were discovered.

The new figure was confirmed by officials to The Washington Post and a local television station.

Among the dead are Mexicans, Hondurans and Guatemalans. The nationalities of other victims remain unknown.

President Joe Biden described the deaths as “horrifying and heartbreaking,” and said the tragedy "underscores the need to go after the multi-billion dollar criminal smuggling industry preying on migrants and leading to far too many innocent deaths."

source: News Feed
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