Officers find 100 migrants in truck on Texas Highway – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Deputies found about 100 migrants in the back of a trailer that broke down on a South Texas highway on Friday, but many of them fled, authorities said.

Officers from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office found the trailer around 7 a.m. just north of Ganado, about 90 miles southwest of Houston.

When authorities opened the rear of the vehicle, many of the occupants — whom authorities suspect had immigrated to the US illegally — jumped out and ran to nearby scrub and cornfields, the sheriff’s office said.

Officers took 64 people into custody, including the driver of the trailer. The individuals illegally in the country are being processed by the U.S. Border Patrol, Jackson County Sheriff Kelly Janica said. Authorities are still searching the area for about 40 other migrants who fled on foot.

Nine of the people detained were treated at Jackson County Hospital for dehydration, Janica said.

Authorities have not said how long the migrants were in the tractor-trailer before they were discovered.

Several other agencies, including the Corpus Christi Fire Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, helped the sheriff’s office locate and treat the migrants taken into custody.

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