March 19, 2018

Charter bus carrying students from Texas plunges into Alabama ravine

13 March 2018, 08:13 | Devin Moran

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Driver killed Texas students hurt in Disney trip bus plunge

Family members told local news outlet KHOU 11 that the students were heading home to Channelview, Texas after a spring-break trip to Disney.

A charter bus carrying students from Texas plunged into an Alabama ravine at about 6 a.m. on Tuesday March 13.

The tour bus, which was transporting a high-school band, crashed off the Interstate 10 expressway into a 60ft ravine, injuring between 12 and 20 people, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

Sources say the bus was carrying students back home to Channelview, Texas, which is in the Houston area.

One person is dead after a charter tour bus carrying students on a school trip from Houston, Texas, plunged into a ravine near the Alabama-Florida line. The interstate was closed down in both directions as the injured were flown to hospitals including emergency rooms in Mobile and Pensacola, Florida, plus a free-standing emergency room in rural Baldwin County, said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped out at the county emergency management center following the crash.

An Alabama state trooper tells the Associated Press that the driver was killed in the crash.

The accident happened around 5:30 a.m. CDT (1030 GMT) on Interstate 10 between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, Lowery said.

Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack confirmed the death, and Major Anthony Lowery said the bus ran off the highway.

A video of the crash showed a bus on its side in a grassy aqueduct as rescuers with flashlights scoured the area.

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", said Elliott. One patient remains critical, he said, and five are in serious condition. Authorities said numerous students were transported via helicopter to emergency rooms.

Channelview Independent School District spokesman Mark Kramer confirmed that the charter bus was carrying Channelview High School band members.

Robyn Bradley Bryan, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, said in an e-mail that there were "multiple injuries" in the early morning crash.

Only hours before the crash, the band's Facebook page had been updated to show a large group posing outside Disney World, where the band performed at a music festival on Saturday.

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