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Bus carrying high school students crashes into ravine

Bus crash shuts down I-10 near Alabama Florida line Bus Carrying Students Falls Into Alabama Ravine 20 Reportedly Injured
Patty Aguilar | 13 March, 2018, 20:10

One person died and others were injured when a bus carrying band members from a Texas school crashed in Alabama, authorities said Tuesday.

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

WEAR-TV reports that the charter bus was carrying at least 52 people and the crash happened around 6 a.m.

Sheriff Huey Moss Mack says both lanes on the interstate have been closed.

The Alabama Department of Transportation announced that eastbound traffic on I-10 was being diverted at Exit 44.

The crash shut down I-10 in both directions.

"We have multiple injuries; the bus went down into a ravine", Baldwin County commissioner Chris Elliott told the Associated Press.

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Al.com reported that injuries range from minor to critical, and that at least one critically injured passenger was taken to the University of South Alabama Hospital, the only level one trauma center in the region.

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

Rescuers had to repel down into the ravine to reach the bus, and some passengers were evacuated using ropes, Mack said. An image of the wreckage shows the crumpled bus landed on its side, reportedly more than 50 feet below the shoulder of the highway.

Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola confirmed on its website that it had received 18 patients from the bus wreck on Tuesday. They were going home to Channelview, Texas, a community about 15 miles from Houston.

Officials said the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency facility in Robertsdale, Alabama, would be used as a staging area to reunite non-injured passengers with families. Authorities said numerous students were transported via helicopter to emergency rooms.

They were traveling on a school trip to Disney World in Florida, we're told. RAW VIDEO of bus after crashing into the ravine Channelview ISD released a statement about the crash Tuesday morning: A charter bus transporting Channelview High School band students was involved in an accident on Interstate 10 in Alabama early this morning.

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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