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5/14/03

18 Found Dead In 18 -Wheeler

Eighteen suspected illegal immigrants were found dead in and around the trailer of an 18-wheeler stopped at a truck stop near Victoria. Victoria County Justice of the Peace Jack Milam says most of the dead were inside the trailer. He says some survivors fled the scene.

County sheriff's chief of staff Carol Bludau says investigators suspect the victims were illegal immigrants. No word on how many are hospitalized, but Victoria radio station K-T-X-N reports 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.

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