Charter bus carrying high school band students crashes off interstate

Tour bus crashes near Alabama-Florida state line carrying at least 50 people with multiple injuries reported after plunging down a ravine

Mark Kramer, a spokesman for Channelview Independent School District in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, said, "A charter bus transporting Channelview High School band students was involved in an accident on Interstate 10 in Alabama early this morning".

The bus plummeted into the 50-foot ravine around 6 a.m. CT and authorities believe about 45 people were on the charter bus bound for Houston.

The sheriff said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the bus to enter the grassy median, which abruptly ends at a steep embankment where the interstate passes over Cowpen Creek.

Chief Deputy Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

The crash shut down I-10 in both directions.

At least 37 people, a lot of them teenagers, were treated at hospitals or other facilities in Pensacola and southwest Alabama for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious, medical officials said.

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

One person is dead after a charter tour bus carrying students on a school trip from Houston, Texas, plunged into a ravine near the Alabama-Florida line. Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack confirmed the death Tuesday morning while talking to news reporters. One patient remains critical, he said, and five are in serious condition. Traffic has been diverted and Alabama State troopers are asking people to avoid the area.

Lowery said uninjured passengers will be reunited with family members and Channelview school officials at Coastal Church on County Road 64 in Daphne, Alabama. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted, "Please join Cecilia & me in prayer and support for the Channelview students harmed by this bus crash".

Officials said that there were multiple helicopters on the scene to help the injured. Kramer's statement said the district had only limited details in the immediate aftermath and was in contact with law enforcement in Alabama to get more information.

They were traveling on a school trip to Disney World in Florida, we're told.

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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