New Developments In Fatal Bus Crash

POSTED: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 4:28pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

Mexican State Prosecutors say the truck driver that rammed into the tour bus killing a total of 11 people may have had up to 5 beers before he got behind the wheel.
Last night it was reported that 5 out of the 11 deceased were from the Valley. But today, that number has changed. Reports are indicating that there were actually 6 Valley residents who died in that tragic accident.

Cummings Middle School teachers, Ana Maria Bujanos and Rebecca Pemelton, along with other Valley residents, were on their way to Zacatecas for a 4-day excursion. But as they headed there, 23-year-old, Julio Cesar Garcia, lost control of his 18-wheeler and collided head-on with the tour bus.

According to a spokesman for the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, 9 Americans were injured and were transported to nearby hospitals. Lecturer at the University of Texas at Brownsville, 70-year-old Royce Gourley was among the injured. Doctors say Gourley is in intensive care after suffering multiple traumas. He is currently connected to a respirator.

A representative of Grupo Senda, the company that owns the tour bus, says the company will pay for all hospital and medical bills of the survivors. They're also working with the families of the deceased to transport them back to their hometowns.

Charges are yet to be filed against Garcia. But police say he will be charged with Involuntary Homicide as soon as he's released from the hospital.

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