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Authorities are searching for at least 100 undocumented immigrants who fled from a refrigerated truck

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Authorities in Texas are searching for at least 100 undocumented immigrants they say fled from a refrigerated truck parked at a gas station in the San Antonio area, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a press conference Thursday.

(CNN)Authorities in Texas are searching for at least 100 undocumented immigrants they say fled from a refrigerated truck parked at a gas station in the San Antonio area, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a press conference Thursday.

Salazar said authorities received a call that "undocumented immigrants were being smuggled into the country" and that they were pleading for air.

As other deputies arrived, "a large crowd of people poured out of the truck and ran to the woods," Salazar said.

At least 50 people have been detained, among them 38 men and 12 women, who were all found to be in good health after being examined by emergency workers, Salazar said.

And our concern is people are going to be very much exposed to the elements and quite frankly, we're worried some of these people may be in distress very, very soon here," Salazar said.

But Salazar says he believes some of the smugglers could be among those who ran away from the truck.

He added that those traveling in the truck had "ripped off the gasket from one of the doors, trying to get some fresh air into the truck," before they fled.

Salazar said that most of the immigrants are from Guatemala and El Salvador and officials with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are now helping with the probe.

Authorities are still looking for the people who ran into the woods, especially since many of them were wearing only jeans and T-shirts in the bitter cold and snow.

Officials said they received a similar call last week.

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