Survivors say reefer unit was turned on

| 11/16/2006

In Houston on Wednesday, four survivors of a botched smuggling operation that left 19 illegal immigrants dead testified that the refrigeration unit was turned on in an overheated trailer toward the end of their trip.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the testimony contradicts earlier accounts by survivors who said the unit was never turned on.

The testimony comes in the re-trial of former trucker Tyrone Williams, who faces a possible death penalty for allegedly abandoning a trailer with as many as one hundred people inside.

Most of the dead died of heat stroke or suffocation.