The information in this report is preliminary and will be supplemented or corrected during the course of the investigation.
About 11:21 a.m. central daylight time on Saturday, May 14, 2016, a 1998 Van Hool motorcoach, operated by OGA Charters LLC, and occupied by a 29-year-old driver and 51 passengers, was traveling northbound on US Highway 83 (US-83) near Laredo, in Webb County, Texas. The motorcoach, which had departed from Brownsville at 5:45 a.m., was en route to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass, a trip of 330 miles.
The weather at the time of the crash was cloudy with light rain, and the road surface was wet. The posted speed limit on US-83 in the area of the crash was 75 mph. The driver lost control of the motorcoach as he was negotiating the vehicle through a curve. The motorcoach departed the roadway to the right and rolled over onto its left side. As a result of the crash, nine of the passengers were ejected and died; the driver and the remaining passengers received injuries of varying degrees.