The deadly charter bus accident a week ago on a south Texas highway has claimed the life of a ninth person, an official said Saturday.
Antanacio Almendares, 83, had sustained injuries caused by the rollover on northbound Highway 83 in Webb County, near the border with Mexico, said Webb County communications officer Marah Mendez. It was unclear when Almendares died.
Seven other people — all of whom were above the age of 50 — were ejected from the bus and died at the scene May 14. An eighth person died at a hospital the same day.
More than 40 others were injured in the crash, which happened while they were en route from Rio Grande traveling north to Eagle Pass, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. The driver was injured but survived.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that the bus was equipped with an anti-lock braking system, but it was not active because the system was not required when the bus was manufactured.
The standard brake system was fully operational, according to the NTSB, which is trying to determine the cause of the crash.