At least one dead after bus carrying students crashes into ravine

At least one dead after bus carrying students crashes into ravine

The bus, which was owned and operated by First Class Tours in Houston, was one of two that were chartered by the Channelview Independent School District to carry students to and from a trip to Disney World.

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.

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", he added.

The bus ran off the highway and plummeted into the 50-foot ravine around 6 a.m. CT. Authorities believe about 45 people were on the charter bus bound for Houston.

Almost 20 people were injured in the crash, according to reports, with at least one death. The crash happened at about 5:30 a.m., crunching the bus and leaving the passengers exposed to chilly temperatures.

Mack says Interstate 10 has been closed in both directions.

The bus struck a bridge support when it landed in the ravine, and inspectors need to make sure the bridge is sound before reopening the interstate, Alabama State Trooper Capt. John Malone said. "We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family", the bus company said. In the video, multiple first responders surround an overturned charter bus after it apparently crashed into a ravine.




"This bus was following and they sent some parents that were on that bus to help out as well as staff members", said Ollis. A school district spokesman told the Houston Chronicle that high school band students were traveling on the bus. One patient remains critical, he said, and five are in serious condition.

Norman Haynes of Victoria, Texas, said his daughter, 18-year-old trumpet player Makena Campa, was headed home on the bus with her mother.

The school children had been on a trip to Disney World in Florida.

The accident's cause was under investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Lowery said.

The company released a statement that reads in part: "Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time".

An official with the bus charter company, First Class Tours of Houston, said the company was working on a statement.

One image showing happy band members at Disney World was posted only hours before the crash.

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