Passengers on the human smuggler truck speak of the horror inside as children screamed for water and immigrants were color-coded before climbing into the big rig of death

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

Mexican laborer Adan Lara Vega, 27, is still recovering in a San Antonio hospital
He was one of the dozens of illegal immigrants stuffed inside a sweltering trailer that lacked ventilation – a deadly oven that would claim 10 lives
Vega said he was charged $5,500 to be smuggled into the US in what was supposed to be an air-conditioned truck
He said the trailer was already full of people when he climbed in with six friends
An hour into the trip, he says he heard children and adults begging for water
Vega said he lost consciousness soon after and woke up in a hospital on Sunday
Another passenger said migrants were color-coded before getting onto the truck so smugglers could identify them when they got off
Truck driver James Matthew Bradley was arrested early Sunday when the truck was found in the car park of a San Antonio Walmart

DAILYMAIL.COM
25 July 2017

A Mexican laborer has described the deadly horror that unfolded inside the sweltering, pitch-black trailer that was crammed with illegal immigrants and found in Texas on Sunday.

Adan Lara Vega, 27, said he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride.

Instead, he climbed with his friends into a pitch-black, metal tractor-trailer compartment that lacked ventilation – a deadly oven that would claim 10 lives.

‘After an hour I heard… people crying and asking for water. I, too, was sweating and people were despairing,’ Lara Vega said on Monday from his bed in a San Antonio, Texas hospital.

‘That’s when I lost consciousness.’

By the time he regained it on Sunday, he was in the hospital.
The 60-year-old truck driver, James Matthew Bradley Jr., was arrested after police found the immigrants crammed into the back of his trailer in the parking lot of a Walmart in San Antonio.
He has been charged over the deadly human smuggling operation and could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted.

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