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Seat Belts Only Equipped in First Row in Fatal Bus Crash

Isabella Rolz7 months ago

A charter bus crashed on May 14th, 2016 near the Texas-Mexico border. Eight people were killed and 44 got injured. Officials investigating the accident said only the first row of the bus had seat belts.

About the Fatal Bus Crash

The 1998 bus model crashed north of Laredo due to rainy conditions. Investigators are waiting for Porfirio Aguirre Vasquez of Pharr, the 29-year-old bus driver, to be released from the hospital to interview him as well as other survivors.

However, investigators died note that the bus only provided seat belts for front row passengers, contributing to the debate on the use of seat belts on charter and school buses.

According to ABC News, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

Detials of OGA Charters Safety Records

  • Federal records show OGA Charters based in San Juan Texas has two operating buses.
  • The company was previously fined $2,000 in 2011 for violations involving periodic inspections and not running drug tests for drivers prior to employment.
  • In 2015 the company was ordered two times to take one of its buses out of service due to emergency problems.
  • Seat belts will be required for new buses, starting in November.
  • OGA Charters reported no crashes in the last two years, but 15 violations within this period.

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