By Philips Sunday
Texas, (an24) – 8 people were killed and 40 others injured after a charter bus headed to a casino crashed in far South Texas on Saturday night.
According to Webb County spokesman Larry Sanchez, seven people died at the scene on U.S. Highway 83 north of Laredo, while the eighth person died later at a hospital.
Webb County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ricardo Rangel says the bus, identified as belonging to OGA Charters, originated in the Rio Grande Valley and was headed to a casino in Eagle Pass, about 125 miles northwest of Laredo.
The bus company is based in San Juan in Hidalgo County. There was no answer at the bus company and no one immediately responded to a message left there.
Meanwhile, the fire department described the accident as a rollover involving just one vehicle. Firefighters received the call late Saturday morning. By late afternoon, the highway at the scene remained closed.
Furthermore, the crash is one of the deadliest bus accidents in Texas in the last several years, including one in January 2015 when two prison guards and eight inmates were killed after their prison bus struck a piece of displaced highway guardrail west of Odessa.