Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Charter bus carrying high school band students crashes off interstate

Charter bus carrying high school band students crashes off interstate

The bus was carrying students returning from a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida, Malone said.

Local authorities confirmed Tuesday that one person was killed, and dozens more injured in a school-chartered bus accident in the US state of Alabama.

All of those on board were taken to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, either by helicopter or ambulance, to be checked out or treated.

The charter bus crashed into the median of Interstate 10 before falling approximately 50 feet into a ravine under a suspended bridge at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack told reporters.

The crash and rescue effort closed down Interstate 10 in both directions near the Florida state line.

An Alabama state trooper tells the Associated Press that the driver was killed in the crash.

The company offering the bus service was First Class Tours, a Houston-based company that runs 58 buses and employs 94 drivers. The TV station said first responders from Daphne, Alabama, to Pensacola were responding. The rest of the injured, including a Baldwin County deputy hurt during the extrication process, suffered minor wounds, he said.

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Channelview ISD confirms the tour bus that crashed into a ravine in Alabama this morning was carrying band students from Channelview High School.

Footage of the wreckage shows the crumpled bus on its side, far below the pavement.

The band members were on their way home from a spring break trip to Disney World at the time. "We pledge our assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation", they said in a statement to KHOU.

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

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

"It's a tragic situation, and our hearts go out to all the families and students involved", Porter said in a statement.

One image posted on the band's Facebook page hours before the crash showed a large group posing outside Disney World. According to safety records, the bus company has been involved in four crashes in the last two years, according to WKRG-TV.

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