San Antonio migrant truck driver put powdered chicken bouillon on the floor to throw off dogs at security checkpoints, survivor says

Law enforcement officials examine a tractor trailer in San Antonio, Texas on June 27, 2022. Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images
At least 53 people have died after being found in an abandoned truck in San Antonio, Texas last month.
A survivor told the AP the driver put powdered chicken broth in the truck to ward off sniffer dogs.
Yenifer Yulisa Cardona Tomás said she survived because she was closer to the truck's door.
The San Antonio truck driver dumped powdered chicken broth on the ground to throw the dogs off at security checkpoints, a survivor told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
At least 40 men and 13 women believed to be migrants entering the United States from Mexico died on June 27 near and inside an overheated truck in a remote area of ​​San Antonio, Texas , had been found.
Yenifer Yulisa Cardona Tomás, a 20-year-old woman from Guatemala City, told the AP that she was among a group of people who boarded the 18-wheeler truck on the Texas side of the Mexico border.
She told the AP the driver confiscated everyone's cellphones before they got in and also covered the floor of the truck with powdered chicken broth to ward off dogs at security checkpoints.
Cardona Tomás said it was already sweltering when they got into the truck and she and a friend decided to sit closer to the door where it was cooler.
The overcrowding and heat worsened as the truck continued its journey, making additional stops to pick up more migrants, she said.
"People were screaming, some were crying. Mostly women have been yelling for it to stop and open the doors because it's so hot they can't breathe," she told the AP.
"People were asking for water, some had run out, others were carrying," she said.
Cardona Tomás said there was no way to keep track of the time and she eventually passed out.
The 20-year-old emerged alive but is currently being treated at the Methodist Hospital Metropolitan in San Antonio. Her friend also survived, she said.
The man suspected of driving the truck, identified as 45-year-old Homero Zamorano Jr., has been arrested and charged with alien smuggling resulting in death, the Justice Department said.
Another man who was in contact with Zamorano at the time was also charged in connection with the incident.
Surveillance cameras had previously captured Zamorano on June 27 driving the truck through a security checkpoint without issue, officials said.
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