VAN HORN, Texas (KTVT) -- U.S. Border Patrol agents saved 33 undocumented migrants who were locked inside a U-Haul truck in Texas as temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees.
Around 10 p.m. on June 10, agents were alerted to suspicious activity related to a possible human-smuggling scheme near a McDonald's restaurant in Van Horn.
The agents approached two vehicles, a Dodge Journey and a U-Haul box-truck. That’s when they found the group, who were close to perishing due to excessive heat and lack of fresh air.
Twelve of the migrants had heat-related illnesses and were transported to regional hospitals.
“Had our heroic agents not been able to free these trapped undocumented migrants, we could have seen 33 miserable deaths in this event,” said Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Sean L. McGoffin. “Smugglers do not care what type of misery they put people through as they take their money.”
Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group have trained emergency medical technicians embedded in the unit and were part of the response. They immediately began triage operations to determine who needed transport to regional hospitals and who could be treated on-scene. Many of migrants were treated for symptoms of dehydration on-scene.
Once recovered from their heat-related injuries, they were processed according to Big Bend Sector protocols.
Homeland Security Investigations accepted the case for prosecution.