A charter bus accident led to 8 deaths and at least 44 injuries 46 miles
north of Laredo, Texas, news sources report. According to a trooper for
the Texas Department of Public Safety, “The driver of the bus lost
control and rolled over.”
Seven people died at the scene of the accident, and another died later
at a hospital in Laredo. The bus driver was among the survivors but the
exact cause of the accident is unknown. Although it was raining when the
accident occurred, officials did not say if weather conditions contributed.
A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board was
sent to the scene of the accident Saturday night and is expected to begin
investigating the wreck Sunday.
“Our troopers are going to look into what happened,” one official
said, “but it’s going to take us some time.”
According to Ricardo Rangel, a Webb County Volunteer Fire Department Chief,
the charter bus was owned by OGA Charters and carrying passengers to a
casino located roughly 125 miles outside of Laredo. The bus company has
not commented on the accident.
Victims Treated At Laredo and Carrizo Springs Hospitals
Victims were treated at two Laredo hospitals – 23 at Doctors Hospital
and 15 at Laredo Medical Center. Seven additional victims were transported
to a medical facility in Carrizo Springs.
A spokesperson for Laredo Medical Center told reporters the bus passengers
were in stable condition, but no other information was available.
Gov. Greg Abbott issued a written statement asking the state to “keep
the families of loved ones lost today…in its thoughts and prayers…”