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At least nine dead after dozens found inside Texas truck

12:40am BST - 00:59

At least nine people were found dead on Sunday inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of ''ruthless'' human traffickers. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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At least nine people are dead and a truck driver faces charges, after dozens of people were found inside a sweltering tractor trailer without a water supply in San Antonio. Authorities say they were victims of -quote- 'ruthless' human traffickers... and were hot to the touch when help arrived. Temperatures outside the vehicle topped 100 degrees fahrenheit. (SOUNDBITE) SAN ANTONIO FIRE CHIEF, CHARLES HOOD, SAYING: "Our paramedics and firefighters found each one of them had heart rates over about 130 beats per minute.... it was a mass casualty situation for us so we treated it just like you do for an airline crash or any major kind of incident so each one of those persons has a number and a tag. We're going to have to reconcile who they are." Officials say the people in the truck ranged from school-age juveniles to adults in their 20s and 30s. The Department of Homeland Security has joined the investigation, as prosecutors search for other people responsible.

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At least nine dead after dozens found inside Texas truck

12:40am BST - 00:59