Driver was killed when bus crashed into ravine

Driver was killed when bus crashed into ravine

The chartered bus, one of two that was carrying the students back to Houston from Florida, fell into a ravine about 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 meters) deep, according to Baldwin County Sheriff's Office spokesman Major Anthony Lowery.

A charter bus carrying Texas high school band members home from Disney World plunged into a ravine on Interstate 10 in Alabama before dawn Tuesday, killing one person and injuring many others.

47 passengers were on board. the driver did not make it and there's no indication that the brakes were used.

It's not yet known whey the bus traveled into the median and crashed into the ravine near a creek about 5:30 a.m. Rescue efforts were completed about three hours later.

The interstate was closed down in both directions as the injured were flown to hospitals including emergency rooms in Mobile and Pensacola, Florida, plus a free-standing emergency room in rural Baldwin County, said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner. The bus was returning to Texas from Orlando after a band competition at Disney World.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also released a statement in response to the crash.

Channelview ISD confirmed to KHOU the tour bus was carrying band students from Channelview High School in the Houston area. "We are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama trying to obtain further information".

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Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts is a graduate of the school involved in today's deadly Alabama bus crash, the same school where his father serves as head football coach. "Thank God they were alive but (they) had to take them on (a) helicopter", he said in an interview conducted by instant messages.

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

Initial reports have suggested 52 people were on the bus.

A passenger bus crashed Tuesday morning on eastbound Interstate 10 at mile marker 57 near the Alabama/Florida line.

The other bus careened off the interstate early Tuesday in Alabama and down a ravine before toppling onto its side.

Records showed that the Houston-based company has a fleet of 58 vehicles and employs 94 drivers.

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.

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