Bus Carrying Texas Students Plunges Into Alabama Ravine, 1 Dead


WKRG reports one confirmed fatality but there is no word if the victim was a student or an adult.

A charter passenger bus carrying high band school students from Texas crashed Tuesday morning on Interstate 10 at mile marker 57 near the Alabama/Florida line.

About 45 people were on the bus, the sheriff said.

"We have multiple injuries; the bus went down into a ravine", said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped out at the county emergency management center following the crash.

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The injured passengers, including one listed in critical condition and five in serious condition, were taken by helicopter or ambulance to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, Mack said.

"The bus came to rest on one side down in the ravine". He spoke with both of them after the crash and was on his way to the hospital.

Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Major Anthony Lowery said the bus plunged off Interstate 10 into a deep ravine Tuesday morning, and multiple helicopters are responding. He said at least one person had to be cut out of the wreckage.

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.

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At least 12 of the passengers were seriously hurt, with many others also suffering injuries. we're told.

Some were rescued by firefighters, and others were carried out by deputies, Mack said. Kramer said immediate details were limited and school authorities are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama to get more information. She had pain in her legs and bruising but was otherwise unscathed, and taken to a hospital for evaluation, he said. There were reportedly at least half-a-dozen helicopters needed to transport all the injured.

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.

The Channelview High band was traveling on two charter buses, FOX10 has learned, and the bus that was not involved in the accident is heading back home to Texas carrying band members and chaperones.

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In a statement, First Class Tours says their prayers are with the injured and their families.