Two dead among 15 migrants found trapped in a train in Texas

A two-year-old Chinese migrant after crossing the Rio Grande River from Texas on March 23. ADREES LATIF / REUTERS

About fifteen migrants were found.chokingon a train in Texas, in the south of the United States, two of whom died, announced the local police, alerted by an anonymous emergency call on Friday.

US border guards stopped the train east of Knippa, a town in southern Texas near San Antonio, police said in a statement. “Around 15 migrants were discovered in need of immediate medical attention“, ten were transported to hospitals, including five by air in establishments in the San Antonio area but their state of health remains”unknownUvalde County Police said. “Two of the migrants were declared dead“, adds the press release.

Open investigation

Late afternoon temperatures rose to 30°C near where the train was stopped, according to, an ABC affiliate in San Antonio. The anonymous emergency call was received at 3:50 p.m. (8:50 p.m. GMT). Union Pacific Railroadwill lead the investigation“, according to the local police.

«We are heartbroken to learn of yet another tragic incident involving migrants undertaking this dangerous journeytweeted Alejandro Mayorkas, US Secretary of Homeland Security. “We will work with the Uvalde Sheriff’s Office to hold accountable those responsible.“, he added. “Smugglers are insensitive and only interested in making money».

In January, US authorities made more than 128,000 arrests for attempted illegal entry into US territory from Mexico. On June 27, 2022, 56 migrants were found asphyxiated in an abandoned trailer near San Antonio, Texas.