Tragedy occurred on Saturday, May 14, 2016, shortly before noon when a charter bus driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The rollover crash happened on northbound U.S. Highway 83 near the border to Mexico approximately 46 miles north of Laredo. Eight people were killed and 44 were injured en route to a casino. It was raining at the time of the fatal crash, and the cause of the wreck is still under investigation. The driver is among the survivors. The deceased were all Latino Americans, mostly in their 50s and 60s, and the oldest person who died was 83.
The following is more information:
- The bus was carrying more than 50 passengers and had been on the road for approximately two hours when the crash occurred.
- The bus was a 1997 motor coach that had not been required to have an anti-lock brake system, because it was built prior to the 1998 regulation that has required safer braking. Anti-lock brakes help to prevent loss of control because they prevent wheels from locking.
- Some of the survivors say the bus driver was traveling at too high a rate of speed prior to sliding sideways and rolling over.
- Some accuse the charter bus company of using a bus known to need maintenance and repair. Some have also alleged that the bus driver did not have proper training.
- Occupants of the bus were violently tossed around during the rollover crash. There were seatbelts in the driver’s seat and the first row only.
Sources say claims have already been filed in relation to this deadly bus crash.