Charter bus carrying high school band students crashes off interstate

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Charter bus carrying high school band students crashes off interstate

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.

A charter tour bus that was transporting Texas band students home from a trip to Disney World lies where it crashed off I-10 in Alabama.

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

Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack confirmed the death, and Major Anthony Lowery said the bus ran off the highway.

The bus was returning to Houston, Texas after a school trip when the incident occurred around 6 a.m., WKRG reported.

Reports indicated between 12 and 20 people suffered injuries, and about 50 people were on the bus, according to WKRG.

At least 12 of the passengers were seriously hurt, with many others also suffering injuries. we're told.

Charter bus carrying high school band students crashes off interstate
Charter bus carrying high school band students crashes off interstate

Jesus Tejada captured the aftermath of the accident in a Facebook video which shows the bus wreckage on it's side in the ravine. Rescuers had to repel down into the ravine to reach the bus, and some passengers were evacuated using ropes, Mack said.

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", said Elliott.

The Channelview High band was traveling on two charter buses, FOX10 has learned, and the bus that was not involved in the accident is heading back home to Texas carrying band members and chaperones.

At least one helicopter landed at USA Medical Center in Mobile, about 7 a.m.

Elliot said that the wounded were transported to three hospitals in Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, as well as a free-standing emergency room in Baldwin County.

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. Call center for confirmed familiesBaldwin County Alabama Call Center 251-972-6807 Channelview student talks to ABC13's Foti Kallergis about the moments the bus crashedMother of Channelview student speaks to ABC13 about crash DeWayne Benson, who was on the bus, told Foti that he was sleeping just before the bus crashed.

We will be updating this story throughout the morning and day.

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