Over 200 illegal aliens fled from a tractor-trailer parked at a Texas gas station on Thursday evening, authorities say.
Deputies from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) responded to an emergency call from a desperate person claiming they were trapped inside a trailer with other people who were running out of air.
Officers were reportedly unable to ping the exact location of the call’s origin, but they eventually spotted individuals pouring out of a refrigerated truck parked at a QuikTrip gas station south of San Antonio.
Approximately 50 illegal aliens were rounded up at the scene, but over 100 more managed to escape into nearby woods.
“The caller told us initially there were about 200 people in that trailer, we only have about 50 accounted for,” Sheriff Javier Salazar said in a press conference.
“They were in a refrigerated truck and the report was they were out of air, and judging by the condition of the truck, they ripped off the gasket from one of the doors trying to get fresh air.”
It is unclear how many of the migrants have been located in the days since.
Authorities believe the smugglers may have fled the scene with the group.
“On Feb. 18, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) responded to a call from Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) for assistance on a possible human smuggling case involving a semi-tractor trailer discovered in a local gas station parking lot,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. “About 50 individuals both males and females were encountered. The undocumented immigrants, from Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, are being assisted by community based organizations.”
“HSI special agents interviewed the migrants as part of a criminal investigation, which is ongoing. The status of those encountered is being reviewed. HSI urges anyone with information about this smuggling attempt to call (866) 347-2423.”
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