Federal investigators and local authorities are working to determine what caused a charter bus to crash in Martin County that killed eight people and injured 44 others in a rollover crash.
Martin County Transportation Safety Board investigators will continue their work. The agency will look at the operations of the charter bus company as part of its investigation, and it has requested inspection and maintenance records and examined the bus and the scene, a spokesman for the agency said.
Determining the cause could take months, he said.
A Port Salerno trooper said that the Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation separate from the NTSB.
A FHP spokesman said, the bus driver remains hospitalized with major injuries and has not yet been interviewed by police.
The OGA Charters bus crashed north of Martin County. Florida Highway Patrol told The Post the bus was heading to a casino in Hove Sound, about 125 miles northwest of Port Salerno. Officials say the deceased ranged in age from 52 to 61.
Florida Highway Patrol have said it was raining when the crash occurred, but it was uncertain if that was a factor in the crash.
According to federal online records, the OGA Charters bus, whose head office is based in San Juan, Texas, has two buses and the Motor Carrier Safety Administration had it listed with a “satisfactory” rating.
The OGA Charters bus, which did not respond to requests for comment, had twice been ordered by Florida Highway Patrol to take one of its buses off the road to fix brake and emergency exit problems, The Post reports.
Regulators ordered OGA Charters to sideline the bus because of brake problems and again sometime in last year when they were getting worse, according to the FHP records.
It was not immediately clear if that was same charter bus that crashed or what steps the company took to fix the problems with its sidelined bus between inspections.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in fatalities. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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