Charter Bus Carrying Dozens of Students Plunges Into Alabama Ravine

Driver killed Texas students hurt in Disney trip bus plunge

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They are members of the Channelview High School Falcon Band and were traveling back from a school trip to Disney World in Florida, we're told.

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.

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

WKRG-TV is reporting that 12 to 20 people have been injured, and that officials say the bus was returning to Houston from a school trip. The interstate was closed in both directions as the injured were flown to hospitals and a free-standing emergency room in rural Baldwin County, said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped at the county emergency management center following the crash. Traffic has been diverted and Alabama State troopers are asking people to avoid the area. He spoke with both of them after the crash and was on his way to the hospital.

Seven to eight medevac helicopters were used to take the injured to area hospitals, including University of South Alabama Hospital, reported.

Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Major Anthony Lowery said the charter bus plunged 30 to 40 feet (nine metres) into a deep ravine at Cowpen Creek around 5:30 a.m.

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

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

Around 20 patients went to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL, while others were taken to hospitals in Baldwin County, including USA Medical Center in Mobile.

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", he added. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted, "Please join Cecilia & me in prayer and support for the Channelview students harmed by this bus crash". Kramer said immediate details were limited and school authorities are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama to get more information. The group of students are from Channel View High School near Houston.

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

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