Eight dead, forty-four injured in South Texas charter bus crash

by Terry Bryant

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, a charter bus traveling to a Texas casino crashed rolling over resulting in eight deaths and at least 44 injured in South Texas.

According to local authorities, the charter bus operated by OGA Charters, based in San Juan, Texas, may have lost control due to inclement weather conditions on U.S. Highway 83 as it traveled northbound in Webb County about 130 miles north of Laredo, Texas.  The charter bus originated its trip in the Rio Grande Valley with a final destination of the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel in Eagle Pass indicated local investigators.

Emergency personnel from surrounding counties responded to the scene, where seven passengers were pronounced dead due to injuries.  Another passenger died on the way to a hospital.  Paramedics transported other injury victims to several local hospitals in Laredo (Webb County) and Carrizo Springs (Dimmit County).

The names of the victims have not yet been released, and local authorities continue developing the investigation.  The National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) is due to begin their part of the inquiry Monday per several news reports.

While our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragic loss, it is important that an independent investigation compiles and safeguards the available evidence which can help determine why this accident happened and how it could have been prevented.  It is imperative those injured or the families of the deceased speak with a board certified Texas bus accident lawyer who has the necessary resources and experience to handle a complex bus rollover case of this magnitude.

The Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law Firm in Houston has been serving Texas residents for over 30 years in helping with their accident related legal problems and concerns, ensuring their clients get all the assistance and protection to which they are entitled.  Terry Bryant is a former judge that has successfully handled numerous high profile personal injury cases.