The parking lot of a Walmart, where a truck trailer was found with 8 deceased immigrants early in the morning/Photo: AFP
The parking lot of a Walmart, where a truck trailer was found with 8 deceased immigrants early in the morning/Photo: AFP

By John Andah with agency report

Police says eight suspected migrants were found dead early Sunday inside an overheated truck in a Walmart parking lot in Texas.

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They also confirmed that 30 others have been hospitalised.

The incident is believed to be a “horrific” human trafficking crime.

Authorities have said seventeen of those taken to area hospitals are in critical condition as they are suffering from heat stroke and dehydration.

Police have also confirmed the arrest of the truck driver.

Fire Chief Charles Hood confirmed that at least 38 people were in the trailer including at least two school-age children. And City police chief William McManus told CNN that the dead were all adult men.

“We got a call from a Walmart employee about a welfare check in a tractor-trailer that was parked on the lot here,” McManus told a news conference.

“He was approached by someone from that truck, who was asking for water.”

The employee returned with the water and then called the police who “found eight people dead in the back of that trailer,” the police chief said, calling it a “horrific tragedy.”

“We’re looking at a human trafficking crime,” McManus said.