Charter bus carrying high school band students crashes off interstate

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

At least one person was killed and many were injured on Tuesday when a bus carrying high school students plunged into a ravine off the side of an interstate highway in Baldwin County, Alabama, the sheriff's office said.

Mark Kramer, a spokesman for Channelview Independent School District in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, said, "A charter bus transporting Channelview High School band students was involved in an accident on Interstate 10 in Alabama early this morning".

Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack said the students were returning to Houston, Texas, from a spring break trip to Disney World.

A sheriff says about 45 people were on board a bus that was carrying Texas high school students home from a Disney World trip when it plunged into a ravine near the Alabama-Florida line, killing one.

According to Loxley Police, I-10 eastbound is shut down because a tour bus has fallen off a ravine.

Injuries range from minor to critical, and that at least one critically injured passenger was taken to the University of South Alabama Hospital, the only level one trauma centre in the region, reports.

The sheriff says the bus entered the median on Interstate 10 and then fell into the 50-foot ravine Tuesday at about 5:30 a.m.

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Rescuers had to repel down into the ravine to reach the bus, and some passengers were evacuated using ropes, Mack said.

Some were rescued by firefighters, and others were carried out by deputies, Mack said.

At least 37 people, a lot of them teenagers, were treated at hospitals or other facilities in Pensacola and southwest Alabama for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious, medical officials said. He said at least one person had to be cut out of the wreckage.

The Sheriff's Office said injured people were taken to hospitals in Baldwin County as well as Pensacola. Traffic has been diverted and Alabama State troopers are asking people to avoid the area.

They said the accident's cause would be investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Officials said that there were multiple helicopters on the scene to help the injured.

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

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