Four of the passengers are believed to be between 10 and 17 years old. The office says James Mathew Bradley, Jr., of Clearwater, Fla., will likely appear in San Antonio's federal court on criminal charges Monday.
The Texas Catholic Conference said the bishops of Texas joined Archbishop Garcia-Siller in offering their sincerest condolences to the families of the migrants. The U.S. Attorney's Office says the driver of the truck has been identified and is in custody. Hood said many of the survivors will have irreversible brain damage. Police were working to identify those vehicles.
"The medical card certification is extremely serious business".
Bradley has a bail hearing Thursday, at which his prior criminal history could come into play. Air ambulances (AirLife), and the SAFD Ambus (mobile mass casualty transportation vehicle) were also both utilized to transport the multitude of patients we encountered.
It was just the latest smuggling-by-truck operation to end in tragedy.
Big rigs emerged as a popular smuggling method in the early 1990s amid a surge in U.S. border enforcement in San Diego and El Paso, Texas, which were then the busiest corridors for illegal crossings. According to the Los Angeles Times, he may face the death penalty.
McManus said such incidents are not isolated.
Federal regulators said they are also conducting an investigation into an Iowa trucking company whose name was on the trailer. Someone from the truck approached a Walmart employee asking for water. Ten people, all adult men, died, and 29 people were being treated at hospitals, officials said. His probation in that case was transferred to Florida.
But the priority now is to put the victims under intensive care. Another probation violation complaint came in 1999, but Bradley wasn't arrested and returned to Colorado until 2003.
According to AP's report, the complaint filed in court Monday morning alleges Bradley drove the truck packed full of immigrants for "commercial advantage of private financial gain". The employee notified police who discovered the grizzly scene: 8 dead and 30 suffering from heat stroke and dehydration. "It's a common thing in the trucking industry ..."
At least two were school-age children, Fire Chief Charles Hood said.
It's unclear where the immigrants in Sunday's attempt were from or where their ultimate destination was. He was fined $127.50. "People began hitting the trailer walls and making noise to get the driver's attention". The next day, they found 33 persons from Mexico and Guatemala inside a trailer that had stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint.
He said he did not call 911, even though he knew at least one passenger was dead.