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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-18-053
Synopsis: On Saturday, May 14, 2016, shortly before 11:24 a.m., central daylight time, a 1998 Van Hool 49-passenger motorcoach, operated by OGA Charters LLC of San Juan, Texas, was traveling northbound on US Highway 83 near Laredo, Texas. The motorcoach entered a horizontal curve to the right, and, as itmoved through the curve, it drifted from its lane to the left. After the motorcoach drifted left, the driver steered to the right and applied the brakes, which resulted in the vehicle’s loss of control, so that it slid and yawed clockwise. The motorcoach departed the right, or east, side of the highway and, after entering the earthen right-of-way, overturned onto its left side. Nine passengers died, 36 passengers experienced minor-to-serious injuries, and the motorcoach driver and trip coordinator were treated for minor injuries. The injury severity for five passengers could not be determined.
Recommendation: TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: Revise your processes for collecting and recording maintenance information through your daily activity reports (DARs) based on the results of the evaluation conducted in response to Safety Recommendation H-18-52 to ensure that the information contained in the DARs is accurate, complete, and sufficiently detailed to represent the full extent of maintenance activities.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Await Response
Mode: Highway
Location: Laredo, TX, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: HWY16MH011
Accident Reports: ​Highway Preliminary Accident Report HWY16MH011Motorcoach Run-Off-the-Road and Overturn US Highway 83, Laredo, Texas, May 14, 2016
Report #: HAR-18-03
Accident Date: 5/14/2016
Issue Date: 12/4/2018
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Texas, Department of Transportation (Open - Await Response)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Texas, Department of Transportation
Date: 12/4/2018
Response: On November 7, 2018, the NTSB adopted its report Motorcoach Run-Off-the-Road and Overturn, US Highway 83, Laredo, Texas, May 14, 2016, NTSB/HAR-18/03. The details of the investigation and the resulting safety recommendations may be found in the attached report, which can also be accessed at Among the safety recommendations are four new recommendations issued to the Texas Department of Transportation, which can be found on page 52 of the report. The NTSB is vitally interested in these recommendations because they are designed to prevent accidents and save lives. We would appreciate a response within 90 days, detailing the actions you have taken or intend to take to implement these recommendations. When replying, please refer to the safety recommendations by number. We encourage you to submit your response to If it exceeds 20 megabytes, including attachments, please e-mail us at the same address for instructions. Please do not submit both an electronic copy and a hard copy of the same response.