Bus carrying high school students crashes into ravine

Bus carrying high school students crashes into ravine

A bus carrying high school students back home to Texas from a trip to Disney World plunged into a ravine in Alabama early Tuesday.

First responders used ropes to rappel down the 50-foot ravine in the middle of Interstate 10 to reach them, and then had to cut some of the victims free from the wreckage, said Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack, who confirmed the fatality.

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

WKRG News 5 reports the bus was returning to Houston, Texas from a school trip.

"At least 12 to 20 people have been injured in the crash".

"We have multiple injuries; the bus went down into a ravine", said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped out at the county emergency management center following the crash.

The crash shut down I-10 in both directions.

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Several ambulances and helicopters were used to evacuate injured passengers, said Asst.

He confirmed that at least one person had died following the accident.

The Sheriff's Office said injured people were taken to hospitals in Baldwin County as well as Pensacola. Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack confirmed the death Tuesday morning while talking to news reporters.

Lowery said uninjured passengers will be reunited with family members and Channelview school officials at Coastal Church on County Road 64 in Daphne, Alabama. The rest of the injured, including a Baldwin County deputy hurt during the extrication process, suffered minor wounds, he said. Authorities said numerous students were transported via helicopter to emergency rooms. That bus stopped after realizing what happened, but did not allow the students to get off, and eventually continued on toward Channelview, a Houston suburb of about 38,000.

Robyn Bradley Bryan, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, said in an e-mail that there were "multiple injuries" in the early morning crash.

The school children had been on a trip to Disney World in Florida.

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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