A train carrying a group of migrants who were “suffocating” was stopped on Friday as a result of an anonymous emergency call, according to Texas police. Two of the migrants on the train were found deceased.
According to police, the US Border Patrol halted the train east of Knippa, a small town in southern Texas close to San Antonio.
“Approximately 15 migrants were discovered to be in need of immediate medical attention, five of the immigrants were flown out to San Antonio area hospitals, five were transported to area hospitals, and their conditions are unknown,” the statement by the Uvalde Police Department said.
“Two of the immigrants were pronounced deceased.”
Union Pacific, a railroad company that transports freight, “will lead the investigation,” according to police.
According to KSAT.com, an affiliate of ABC TV in San Antonio, temperatures close to where the train was stopped hit 87 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) in the late afternoon.
The mass primary school shooting in Uvalde, where police responded to the 911 emergency call at 3:50 PM (2050 GMT), made headlines ten months ago.
Before being shot and killed by police, an 18-year-old former pupil at the school killed 19 students and two instructors with an AR-15 assault-style rifle.
After a mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 and the Connecticut killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, it was the third deadliest school shooting in US history.