SAN ANTONIO - University Hospital released new information Tuesday afternoon on one of the adults hospitalized after Sunday’s incident involving a tractor-trailer found on the city’s Southwest Side.
Four adult patients remain in the hospital's care in conditions ranging from serious to critical but one adult patient was discharged Tuesday.
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The patients who remain at University Hospital are still being treated for heat-related illness.
On Sunday, a total of seven adults were transported to University Hospital but two of the seven were discharged the same day.
University Hospital was one of the seven local hospitals to receive patients from Sunday morning’s human smuggling case.
Five patients admitted to San Antonio Military Medical Center remained in treatment, Fort Sam Houston Army spokeswoman Elaine Sanchez said on Monday.
None of the patients admitted to various Baptist Health System hospitals in San Antonio have been discharged, spokeswoman Patti Tanner said.
An employee at the Walmart located at 8358 Interstate 35 South called San Antonio police around 12:30 a.m. Sunday after a disoriented man approached him asking for water.
Eight people were found dead at the scene and first responders found 30 survivors “hot to the touch” inside the sweltering trailer, showing signs of heat stroke and dehydration.
Seventeen people were taken to area hospitals on Priority 1 status: life-threatening injury/illness. Thirteen others were taken on Priority 2 status: not immediately life-threatening.
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Shortly after discovering the tractor-trailer, police found the driver of the truck, James M. Bradley Jr., inside the camper and arrested him at the scene.
Bradley, 60, appeared Monday morning in federal court in San Antonio, where he was formally charged with one count of transporting illegal aliens.
A federal complaint filed Monday alleges that Bradley "unlawfully transported aliens in violation of law, resulting in the death of ten of the aliens transported."
As a result of the charges, Bradley could face the death penalty or life in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
As of Tuesday afternoon, only three of the 30 survivors from Sunday's human smuggling case have been released from the hospital.
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