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Laborer: The Truck Had No Ventilation

(Credit: Associated Press)

A Mexican laborer says he heard people crying and asking for water before he lost consciousness in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Texas Walmart.

Adan Lara Vega says he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the U.S. would include air conditioning.

But the 27-year-old told The Associated Press exclusively that he and his friends got into the back of the tractor-trailer with no ventilation. Vega spoke from a San Antonio hospital bed Monday.

Vega says he boarded the rig in Laredo, Texas, after waiting nearly two weeks in a safe house. He says he was hoping for a construction job.

Ten people found inside the tractor-trailer early Sunday died.

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