Texas authorities are conducting an intense search to locate a white tanker truck that appears to be carrying around 80 undocumented immigrants.
The search began after a 911 operator received a heartbreaking phone call with the voice of a person who told her he was traveling inside the tank of a white truck.
In the audio, released by the authorities, a person is heard speaking in Spanish asking for help. Along with her, other people cry out for assistance because they are running out of air.
The KABB station, an affiliate of the CNN network, said that in the recording it is heard that people inside the tank asked for help and claimed to be inside the vehicle.
- Do you see something? – asks a 911 operator
- No, no, we can’t see anything, God, we don’t have oxygen -answers the voice crying out for help.
- Is it next to the highway? – asks the operator.
- Yes, I hear the cars (passing by the truck).
- A tanker truck, a white tanker – says a voice calling for help from 911.
- White? – asks the operator.
- Yes. We are like 80 people – adds the person who called 911.
- Do you remember who was driving? – asks the dispatcher.
- No, we don’t know who. Help! – he cries out again.
- Do you have another cell phone? – asks the operator.
- Help! Holy be God, help! -He cries out again desperately.
- Where did you start this trip? … I lost it, says the 911 dispatcher after a pause.
“It is heartbreaking to hear because clearly behind the caller, in the background, you can hear other people in the vehicle, in the trailer, and they also yell for help in Spanish and say they have run out of air,” he told KABB Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.
According to reports, it was more than one call received by the 911 emergency service from inside the tank anchored to a white truck that is heading to an unknown destination in the state of Texas.
CNN said it was unclear how many 911 calls were made.
“I would bet a lot of money that if the smugglers find someone in the back of that trailer who is very, very ill as a result of the conditions in which they were exposed or even dead, they will not do the right thing,” added the sheriff. “They are going to dump a body or they are going to abandon it in a hospital perhaps, they are certainly not going to do the right thing,” he said.
The recording, to which Univision Noticias had access, is dramatic. The man who contacted one of the 911 operators says:
- “We don’t see anything. We are here inside a pipe ”(cistern). The person has trouble breathing.
- “We are about 80 people, an approximate.” The screams of despair increase as the recording continues. When the operator asks where the trip began, the transmission cuts.
The immigrant tells the 911 operator that the truck is currently stopped. “The truck is stopped,” he says. “He is standing on the side of the road because the cars are heard.”
The operator asks if it is on the side of the road. The man responds: “Yes, because the cars are heard.” In the background the desperate cries for help continue. “It is a white pipe, white, we are like 80 people,” he reiterates. The cries for help are heartbreaking.
At the end of this note, the authorities have not yet found the whereabouts of the white tanker reported since Monday.