8 people were killed and 44 people were injured when a bus rolled over
in Texas last Saturday. The accident happened about 46 miles north of
the Texas town of Laredo. It was reported that the bus was alone on the
highway when the accident occurred and it was raining. The bus is owned
and operated by OGA Charters, a small bus company that is located in the
state of Louisiana.
The motor coach company has been cited by the organization of bus inspectors
in Louisiana in the past. The inspectors had one of the company's
buses in their fleet to be taken off the road. They ordered to have the
buses' brakes fixed, as well as it's emergency exit issues. This
is apparently not the first incident involving the charter company, according
to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSA). The bus company
had a similar inspection result in August of last year.
As of the moment, it still not confirmed if the bus involved in the fatal
crash is the same bus that was sanctioned in Louisiana in 2015. The company
has a fairly small fleet, owning only two buses. The FMSA gave the charter
company a satisfactory rating in 2014 before imposing the off the road
order in 2015.
It was raining at 11:30 am that day when the bus rolled over. The local
fire department has not made it known whether or not the weather conditions
were a determining factor in the crash. All 44 people injured were taken
to hospitals in Laredo, TX and Dimmit County, TX. Officials who investigated
the crash have stated that the operations of the company will be thoroughly
Although it has been cited for some violations both in operations and driving,
the bus company did not have any accidents in the last two years of operation.
Violations include issues with vehicle maintenance, driver logs with too
many hours on the road. Motor Carrier Safety Administration will take
these facts into consideration in the investigation of the crash.
The bus’ brake issues that were examined in Louisiana were not just
minor. It was reported that at least 20% of the bus’ brakes were
not working properly. There were also problems with the automated adjustment
system of the brakes. According to rules, if more than 20 percent of the
bus’ brakes are found to be defective, the bus’ operation
will be suspended. It was also observed that the bus had a discolored
A second investigation was done four months later, which also resulted
into finding similar issues such as the break, windshield and emergency
exit problems. The brake problems that were observed on the second inspection
were found to be less serious than the first inspection, investigators
still concluded that the company made few efforts to fix the problems
found in the previous inspection done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration. Albeit the bus’ history, the FMCSA still couldn’t
prove that it is the direct cause of the crash; considering the wet condition
of the road. The bus did roll over and it was a one-vehicle crash.
While 44 people were injured in the crash, 8 people also died in the accident.
7 of them were found dead at the scene and one of the others succumbed
to their injuries after they got to the hospital for treatment. At this
moment, the ages of each victim of the crash are not yet identified although
it was reported that the youngest victim was in his or her early 50s.
Most of them were from Texas.
There were few witnesses to the crash besides the people that were riding
on the bus because it happened in a fairly remote area. The bus was headed
to a casino when it rolled over. It still had about 80 miles left to their
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