Tour bus from Mexico collides with truck, killing 1, injuring dozens
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A charter bus veered off a highway early today and flipped onto its side, killing one passenger and injuring dozens of other people, at least nine of them critically, authorities said.
After the bus overturned on U.S. 59, a small pickup truck rammed into it, said Tom Vinger, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. The driver of the truck was not injured.
The bus had left Monterrey, Mexico, about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and was headed to Houston when it crashed about 4:15 a.m., Vinger said.
“The investigation is centering on driver fatigue,” Vinger said. “It looks like he ran off the road, way overcorrected, then tipped over on the passenger side.” Weather was not a factor in the wreck, he said.
The identity of the man who was killed wasn’t immediately released, nor was the name of the bus company or its driver. Vinger said the driver wasn’t seriously injured and that it was too early to tell whether he could face charges. Of the 49 people on the bus, 25 were taken to Detar Hospital Navarro in Victoria, nine of them in critical condition, spokeswoman Judith Barefield said. Published in The Messenger 1.2.08