The story about ten illegals who died in a sweltering truck in Texas just took an incredibly strange turn.
The story has been grabbing headlines from both conservative and media outlets using it to score political points, but a strange new twist calls into question whether or not the driver actually knew about his human cargo before accepting the load. His official story is that he was transporting the empty trailer from Iowa to Texas for someone who had purchased it, but authorities didn’t buy it and he was arrested on human trafficking charges.
He could also face the death penalty for the ten death that occurred.
However, a better look at the truck shows something that nobody, except for the Last Refuge, has discussed until now. The trailer that 61-year-old James Matthew Bradley was pulling was outfitted with a Thermo King refrigeration unit.
The units are used to cool the trailer so that anything from lettuce to ice can be safely moved across the country without being affected by the heat. They’re outfitted with electronic thermostats, have their own diesel engines, and the trailer has a fuel tank to supply the engine during transport.
The trailers are also heavily insulated on the floor, walls, and roof to keep the cool air in.
In the video below, you can see the unit on the front of the trailer as its towed away:
Sadly, the unit being on the trailer doesn’t change how horrific the incident is. However, it does lend some credence to Bradley’s story that he didn’t know people were in there, or it could implicate him in possibly turning the unit off during transport.
Regardless, it’s definitely an interesting development. We’ll just have to wait for all of the facts of the case to come out before passing judgment one way or another.