Charter bus carrying high school band students crashes off interstate

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

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.

Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Major Anthony Lowery said the bus plunged off Interstate 10 into a deep ravine early Tuesday and multiple helicopters responded.

Channelview ISD confirms the tour bus that crashed into a ravine in Alabama this morning was carrying band students from Channelview High School.

About 45 people were on board, and all of them were brought to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, either by helicopter or ambulance, he said.

"There's at least one confirmed fatality at this point", Lowery said by telephone.

It's unclear what caused the bus to go into the ravine.

An image of the wreckage shows the crumpled bus landed on its side, far below the pavement.

At least one person has died in the bus crash, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

Mike Burke from Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, said that hospital received approximately 20 patients from the accident. The call center number is 251-972-6807.

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.

Authorities said I-10 will remain closed near the town of Loxley, Ala., until about noon CT on Tuesday as the investigation and cleanup continues.

Witnesses on the scene tell News 5 both directions of traffic are stopped.

The bus was returning to Houston, Texas after a school trip when the incident occurred around 6 a.m., WKRG reported. In a statement, First Class Tours says their prayers are with the injured and their families.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement saying that he and his wife Cecilia are heartbroken by the news.

Contributing: KHOU-TV, Houston. The Associated Press.

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