7 injured after bus slams into 18-wheeler in Fort Bend County

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – Seven passengers on a commercial bus suffered injuries Wednesday, including broken bones, after a bus crashed into the back of a big rig in Beasly in Fort Bend County.

The damage to the front of a passenger bus that was headed to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, from Houston, shows the force of the wreck that sent the passengers to the hospital.

Victims were forced to climb out the bus's emergency windows.

"All the things fell and we got hurt," said passenger Dei Artega, who was traveling with her mother and daughter. "My mom went the hospital. The ambulance took her."

Investigators said the bus driver tried to pass the 18-wheeler on Highway 59 near FM 360.

"The bus driver noticed something strange with the bus," said DPS Sgt. Carl Currie. "He started to lose control and ran into the back end of the 18-wheeler."

After an investigation, troopers said citations could be a possibility, but none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

"I thank God that everybody's OK, that nobody died," said Artega. "Even though they went to the hospital, I know they're OK."

The bus was operated by Los Chaves Autobuses, based in Houston.

KPRC 2 learned that the bus company has had three crashes since 2015.

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