Bus Accident Leaves Eight Dead

Webb County was the site of a multiple fatality charter bus accident on Saturday morning.  A charter bus near Laredo, Texas rolled over Saturday morning, May 14, 2016, around 11:45 a.m., killing eight of its passengers injuring forty-four others, a state official reported.  The bus left the Rio Grande Valley early Saturday morning and was traveling north on U.S. Route 83, on its way to a casino in Eagle Pass, Texas.  The bus accident occurred when the bus driver lost control of the bus about 45 miles North of Laredo, in Webb County, Texas said Department of Public Safety Trooper Conrad Hein.

Seven passengers died at the scene, while forty-four others, were sent to various hospitals in the area.  There were no other vehicles involved in the bus accident, the Texas Department of Transportation said.  U.S. Route 83 remained closed for six hours dealing with the aftermath of the accident but was reopened around 5:40 p.m.

The bus was owned by OGA Charters in San Juan, Hidalgo County, Texas, who had made no comment as of the writing of this article.

The condition of Surviving Bus Accident Victims is Unknown

Webb County spokesperson Larry Sanchez reported that seven passengers died on the scene, and another at the hospital.  There is no word as of yet about the condition of the injured passengers, though Texas DPS Officer Hein believed that some were in critical condition.

An image of the bus accident site showed the red charter bus with its passenger windows blown out and significant damage to the vehicle’s rear.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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