100 People in ‘Suspicious Big Rig’ Flee Police When Pulled Over at Texas Truck Stop
San Antonio, TX – A search is ongoing for dozens of people after they hastily fled from the back of a big rig that authorities pulled over at a Texas truck stop last night.
According to the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), multiple 9-1-1 callers reported a “suspicious big rig” traveling on Interstate 10 Thursday evening.
Troopers then initiated a traffic stop of a red Volvo tractor pulling a refrigerated trailer shortly after 6 p.m.
Police escorted the big rig to a TravelCenters of America (TA) located at 6170 I-10 East in San Antonio (at exit 583, Foster Road).
Once there, SAPD said as many as 100 people quickly exited the semi-trailer and ran from the scene.
A massive emergency response was initiated.
More than a dozen SAPD units were dispatched to the TA, along with at least six ambulances, multiple emergency buses, and a helicopter was also deployed to aid in the search.
Authorities were able to apprehend nearly 30 of those who fled including the 49-year-old truck driver whose identity was not revealed.
One person was transported to a nearby hospital suffering from dehydration, but no life-threatening injuries were reported.
According to local outlet KENS5, TA donated food to those who were apprehended while authorities continued the search into the evening hours.
Transportation Nation Network confirmed the tractor-trailer involved is owned by Carrolton, TX-based Bosch Transport.
Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reveals the company operates 10 trucks and employs 10 drivers.
The general freight and refrigerated food hauler has been in business since 2005.
SAPD said the search for those who fled remains ongoing and the investigation has been turned over to Homeland Security.
TransportationNation.com will continue to monitor this developing story.
Photos courtesy of KENS5