The death toll from a mass truck in San Antonio, Texas is mounting.
The toll of the tragedy of migrants found dead in this overheated truck has risen to 53 victims, authorities said on Wednesday, who arrested four people.
Eleven other victims were still hospitalized in the region, said the US immigration services.
A previous report, given on Tuesday, reported 51 dead, 39 men and 12 women.
Of the 53 victims, 27 were from Mexico, 14 from Honduras, seven from Guatemala and two from El Salvador, said Francisco Garduno, head of Mexico's National Institute of Migration.
Three people have yet to be identified.
Hyperthermia and acute dehydration
The gruesome discovery dates back to Monday night, when a San Antonio city worker heard a call for help near a road where he was working, and cracked open the truck's back door.
Of the 64 occupants of the truck, 48 had already died and 16 were transported to surrounding hospitals, where five died, the federal prosecutor in charge of the case said in a statement Wednesday evening.
After a day marked by temperatures close to 40 degrees, they suffered from hyperthermia and acute dehydration.
Four people have been arrested as part of a federal investigation.
A man arrested at the scene
Homero Zamorano, 45, was arrested at the scene, "hidden in the thickets after trying to flee," said the prosecutor.
He was "high on methamphetamine" according to the daily
San Antonio Express-News
, citing law enforcement sources.
He also “tried to pass himself off as one of the survivors,” said Francisco Garduno.
Identified as the driver of the truck, in particular using video surveillance at the border post, he was charged and risks life imprisonment or even the death penalty, adds the press release from the prosecutor.
The latter also announced the arrest on Tuesday of Christian Martinez, 28.
Suspected of having exchanged with the driver “on the passage” of the migrants, he was also charged and risks the same sentence.
"Immediate Action Group"
Two men, linked to an address attached to the license plate of the truck, were also arrested on Tuesday.
After this tragedy, Mexico, the United States, Honduras and Guatemala will coordinate their efforts "of cooperation and support" in the investigation led by the American authorities, announced Wednesday the Mexican Embassy in the United States in a joint statement.
The four countries also announced the creation of an "immediate action group" to "exchange information and work in a coordinated manner to dismantle human trafficking networks".
US President Joe Biden called on Tuesday to strengthen the fight against “a criminal industry that brews several billion dollars”.
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