Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Bus carrying students crashes in Alabama, killing at least one

Bus carrying students crashes in Alabama, killing at least one

The bus, which had around 45 band students from Channelview High School, fell into a ravine known as Cowpen Creek.

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

The tour bus crashed on Interstate 10 about 5:30 a.m., Malone said at the press conference. WALA reports five of the passengers are in serious condition and one in critical condition.

Officials say the bus was returning to Houston from a school trip to Disney World.

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

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A TOUR bus reportedly carrying more than 50 people has careered off an embankment near the Alabama-Florida state line.

Sources say the bus was carrying students back home to Channelview, Texas, which is in the Houston area. Multiple medical helicopters responded to the crash scene on I-10, about 20 miles east of Mobile and the injured were transported to several local hospitals in the area.

Six helicopters flew the injured to the hospitals. Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack confirmed the death Tuesday morning while talking to news reporters.

According to district officials, the students were out of state for a school trip to Disney World in Florida, when the bus carrying the band instruments and a small portion of students crashed.

The Sheriff's Office has established a call center for family members to help locate loved ones. The call center number is 251-972-6807.

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that in past two years, First Class Tours vehicles were involved in four other crashes, with one of those also involving a fatality.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will conduct an investigation into the bus crash, Lowery said.

"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to our students, employees and families that have been affected by this tragedy", the school district said.

We will be updating this story throughout the morning and day.

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