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1 confirmed death; charter bus carrying students plunges into ravine

1 confirmed death; charter bus carrying students plunges into ravine

A bus carrying high school band members home to Texas from Disney World ran off a highway and plunged into a deep ravine Tuesday in Alabama, killing the driver and injuring dozens, authorities said.

First responders used ropes to rappel down the 50-foot ravine in the middle of Interstate 10 to reach them, and then had to cut some of the victims free from the wreckage, said Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack, who confirmed the fatality. RAW VIDEO of bus after crashing into the ravine Channelview ISD released a statement about the crash Tuesday morning: A charter bus transporting Channelview High School band students was involved in an accident on Interstate 10 in Alabama early this morning. He estimated there were about 45 people on the bus.

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.

Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner said: "We have multiple injuries; the bus went down into a ravine".

Some were rescued by firefighters, and others were carried out by deputies, Mack said. We're told five of the passengers were in serious condition and one in critical condition.




A helicopter has now rushed to the Interstate 10 east of Wilcox Road in the westbound lane to treat any people injured, Fox 23 reported. Traffic has been diverted and Alabama State troopers are asking people to avoid the area.

Officials said the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency facility in Robertsdale, Alabama, would be used as a staging area to reunite non-injured passengers with families. That bus stopped after realizing what happened, but did not allow the students to get off, and eventually continued on toward Channelview, a Houston suburb of about 38,000. Authorities said numerous students were transported via helicopter to emergency rooms. We are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama trying to obtain further information.

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

KPRC in Houston reports that First Class Tours owns the bus, and safety records indicate the company has had four crashes in the last two years.