Laredo Bus Rollover Kills 8, Injures 44
Eight people died and 44 were injured this morning when a charter bus rolled over on U.S. Highway 83 near Laredo, TX. News sources said the bus was carrying 52 passengers and headed toward a casino in Eagle Pass, located about 125 miles northwest of Laredo.
“The driver of the bus lost control and rolled over,” a state trooper said. “Everything’s real preliminary right now.”
According to officials, seven people died at the scene of the accident and another victim died after being transported to a nearby hospital.
The cause of the accident is unknown, but the trooper told local news sources it was raining when the accident happened. The driver of the bus was among the survivors, but the names of those involved are not available.
National Transportation Safety Board to Investigate
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending an investigation team to look into the accident. The investigation is estimated to begin on Sunday.
“Our troops are going to look into what happened,” said the official, “but it’s going to take us some time.”
Ricardo Rangel, Chief of the Webb County Volunteer Fire Department, said OGA Charters owned the bus. The company is based in San Juan and has not released any statements about the accident.
Victims Taken to Hospitals in Laredo and Carrizo Springs
Twenty three people were transported to Doctors Hospital in Laredo. An additional 15 people were treated at Laredo Medical Center, and seven more transported to a Carrizo Springs hospital.
According to a spokesperson for the hospital, survivors at Laredo Medical Center are being treated and currently in stable condition.
“I ask the entire state of Texas to keep the families of loved ones lost today…in its thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” said Gov. Greg Abbott in a statement.