Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Bus carrying high school students crashes into ravine

Bus carrying high school students crashes into ravine

A bus carrying Texas high school band members home from Disney World plunged into a ravine before dawn Tuesday in Alabama, killing one person and injuring many others.

First responders used ropes to rappel down the 50-foot ravine in the middle of Interstate 10 and then had to cut some of the victims from the wreckage, said Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack.

Mark Kramer, a spokesman for Channelview Independent School District in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, said, "A charter bus transporting Channelview High School band students was involved in an accident on Interstate 10 in Alabama early this morning".

The students were from Channelview High School in the Houston area, local media reported. He estimated there were about 45 people on the bus.

An Alabama state trooper said the bus driver died at the scene on Interstate 10 close to the to the Florida state line.

Baldwin County authorities tell FOX10 News the bus was traveling westbound on I-10 when it went into the median between travel lanes and fell into a ravine at Cowpen Creek around 5:30 a.m.

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The injured passengers were taken to hospitals by helicopter and ambulance, Lowery said. He spoke with both of them after the crash and was on his way to the hospital. At least one is in critical condition and five have serious injuries, officials said.

"All that she remembers is that she felt a bump, then a crash and then the bus flipping onto its side", Torres said. "Some were carried out by either deputies or other law enforcement", Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack said.

"We have one confirmed fatality", he said. Chief Deputy Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. She had pain in her legs and bruising but was otherwise unscathed, and taken to a hospital for evaluation, he said. He said he did not know how many passengers were injured, but said they were "numerous".

Officials said that there were multiple helicopters on the scene to help the injured.

First Class Tours, which operated the bus, said in a statement that the bus was carrying students home from Orlando, Florida, and the company is cooperating with investigators.

One image posted on the band's Facebook page hours before the crash showed a large group posing outside Disney World.

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