May 18, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
On Saturday morning, a charter bus owned by OGA Charters was traveling to a casino in Eagle Pass when the driver lost control and the bus rolled over. Of the 52 total passengers on board, 44 were injured, seven died at the scene of the accident, and one more died at a hospital in Laredo.
The accident occurred just north of Laredo in what was described as a “one-vehicle rollover.”
According to a responding trooper, it was raining the morning of the accident, but it wasn’t immediately determined that weather played a factor in the accident. A crew was sent by the National Transportation Safety Board.
According to Conrad Hein, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper, 23 of the injured individuals were transported to Doctors Hospital in Laredo, 15 were taken to Laredo Medical Center, and seven went to a Dimmit County hospital in Carrizo Springs. They were reportedly in stable condition, but no additional information was provided.
This bus crash is being reported as one of the deadliest Texas has witnessed in the last several years.
An update from the NTSB Investigator in Charge, Pete Kotowski, said the agency would attempt to download any possible data despite the electronic control module on the bus being older.
OGA has had five roadside inspections over the last two years, resulting in two buses being removed from service.
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