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16 Bodies Found Near Big Rig in Texas

May 14, 2003

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) _ Sixteen people were found dead early Wednesday in and around the trailer of an 18-wheeler stopped at a truck stop near this South Texas city, officials said.

Sheriff’s deputies found the bodies about 2 a.m. Wednesday when they answered a reported disturbance inside a trailer at the Speedy Stop truck stop, six miles south of Victoria, said Stuart Posey, an investigator with the Victoria County Sheriff’s Department.

The details were still sketchy, he said, and he did not know how many others were hospitalized.

However, Victoria radio station KTXN reported that 12 people were hospitalized, two under intensive care.

The station reported that about 50 suspected illegal immigrants were crammed inside the trailer when the situation came to light.

Federal immigration agents were en route to the scene early Wednesday, Posey said.

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