At least one dead as bus carrying students plunges into Alabama ravine

A charter bus carrying students home to Texas from a high school band trip to Disney World plunged into an Alabama ravine early Tuesday and numerous children were being carried by helicopters to emergency rooms. FACEBOOK  JESUS TEJEDA

A charter bus carrying students from Texas plunged into an Alabama ravine at about 6 a.m. on Tuesday March 13.

Channelview Independent School District spokesman Mark Kramer confirmed in a statement that the accident involved a charter bus carrying Channelview High School band members.

A second bus on the spring break trip, driving ahead of the one that crashed, is continuing on to Texas, the sheriff said.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says all of the people on board were brought to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida.

The bus crash happened at around 6am on Tuesday morning on Interstate 10 near the Alabama and Florida state line.

Major Anthony Lowery with Baldwin County Sheriff's Office told WKRG multiple helicopters are responding to the accident.

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

The injured passengers, including one listed in critical condition and five in serious condition, were taken by helicopter or ambulance to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, Mack said.

"All that she remembers is that she felt a bump, then a crash and then the bus flipping onto its side", Torres said.

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Witnesses on the scene tell News 5 both directions of traffic are stopped. He said at least one person had to be cut out of the wreckage.

The bus was carrying at least 52 people, WEAR-TV reports.

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

"There's at least one confirmed fatality at this point", Lowery said by telephone. The rest of the injured, including a Baldwin County deputy hurt during the extrication process, suffered minor wounds, he said.

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.

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

The bus had been due to take the children back home to Channelview, Texas, in Houston.

First Class Tours, which operated the bus, said in a statement that the bus was carrying students home from Orlando, Florida, and the company is cooperating with investigators.

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