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Texas Bus Crash That Killed 8 People on Way to Casino Investigated

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A damaged OGA Charters bus is hauled away after a fatal rollover on Saturday, May 14, 2016, south of the Dimmit-Webb County line on U.S. 83 North in Texas. (Danny Zaragoza/Laredo Morning Times)

By    |   Monday, 16 May 2016 10:06 AM

A Texas bus crash on North U.S. 83 near Laredo killed eight people and injured 44 on Saturday.

The bus was carrying 51 passengers en route to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel in Eagle Pass, the Laredo Morning Times reported. Seven people died at the scene, and another died at a hospital.

The bus rolled three times, a family member told the newspaper.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. It is unknown whether wet weather may have been a factor.

OGA Charters, the company that operated the bus, was given a satisfactory safety rating in May 2014. It had six inspections during the past two years, revealing 15 total violations, including vehicle maintenance problems and problems related to driver records and hours, The Associated Press reported.

In 2015, the company was twice ordered by Louisiana state inspectors to take one of its buses off the road to fix brake and emergency exit problems.

"We know this carrier had the vehicle violation problems," Shaun Kildare, director of research for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, told the AP. "They apparently didn't do anything. ... When they have vehicle problems they don't fix, that's a question."

It was unclear whether the bus involved in Saturday's crash was the same one ordered off the road in Louisiana, CBS News reported. It was about 80 miles from the end of its 300-mile trip from Brownsville, Texas, when the crash occurred.

Several employees from La Joya Independent School District were on the bus, according to The Monitor.

Those who died in the crash were identified as Altagracia Torres, Maria de Jesus Musquiz, Dora Nelly Gonzalez, Frances Guerrero, Marisela Lopez, Adelfa Garza, Jaime Navarro, and Emma Rodriguez Zamudio, the AP reported. They ranged in age from 52 to 81.

The bus driver remained hospitalized Sunday with "major injuries," the AP said. The driver's name was not released.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement regarding the crash.

"Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to those affected by the tragic accident in South Texas today," Abbott said. "I ask the entire State of Texas to keep the families of loved ones lost today, as well as the Webb County community, in its thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

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