Bus carrying students crashes in Alabama, killing driver

Multiple injuries were reported Tuesday morning after a charter bus carrying high school band members crashed into a ravine on Interstate 10 near the Alabama Florida line according to media reports

A second bus on the spring break trip, driving ahead of the one that crashed, is continuing on to Texas, the sheriff said.

The bus struck a bridge support when it landed in the ravine, and inspectors need to make sure the bridge is sound before reopening the interstate, he said.

The injured passengers, including one listed in critical condition and five in serious condition, were taken by helicopter and ambulance to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, Mack said. She had pain in her legs and bruising but was otherwise unscathed, and taken to a hospital for evaluation, he said.

The passengers are reportedly mostly band members from Channel View High School in Texas.

First responders had to use ropes to rappel down the ravine to reach the injured and then use equipment to cut out them out. The driver of the bus was killed and about three dozen others were hurt, mostly teenagers.

The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known, but survivors from Channelview High School in metro Houston described being asleep one moment and tumbling through the air the next. It arrived at the high school there Tuesday afternoon with a police escort.

"For whatever reason, the charter bus got into the median and ended up going into a ravine", Mack told reporters near the scene of the accident on Interstate 10 between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.

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Records showed that the Houston-based company has a fleet of 58 vehicles and employs 94 drivers. Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time.

Baldwin County's sheriff says the bus was taking band students from Disney world back to their homes in Channelview, Texas.

Traffic was shut down on both sides of the interstate.

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.

Local media has also reported fears that high school-aged children were on board at the time. The interstate was closed for hours as officials rescued the victims.

Authorities hope to reopen the highway by noon (1 p.m. ET), said Alabama State Trooper Capt. John Malone.


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