Officials have reported that a total of 8 individuals were killed and 44 others injured in Saturday’s OGA Charters rollover bus accident that occurred near Laredo, Texas. The charter bus owned by OGA Charters (based in San Juan) was headed up U.S. 83 from Rio Grande to the Kickapoo casino in Eagle Pass. About 50 miles from Laredo, in what appeared to be rainy weather, the driver lost control of the charter bus and rolled it over at least once.
Additionally, records provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have revealed that OGA Charters has twice been ordered by regulators to address safety concerns with one of their buses.
In May of 2015, Louisiana state inspectors ordered OGA Charters to take one of its buses out of rotation to address concerns with the vehicle’s brakes and emergency exit. The company was again ordered to remove this bus from the road in August of 2015 when the problems worsened.
It is unclear if the bus involved in Saturday’s accident is the same bus at the center of these 2015 safety concerns.
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