Texas high school students injured in Disney trip bus plunge

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

One person is dead and another in critical condition after a bus carrying high school band members to Texas from Disney World, crashed into a ravine on the Alabama-Florida line Tuesday.

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. It wasn't immediately clear why. Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack confirmed the death Tuesday morning while talking to news reporters.

KPRC in Houston reports that First Class Tours owns the bus, and safety records indicate the company has had four crashes in the last two years.

A family member tells KHOU 11 the high schoolers were from Channelview, Texas and on their way back home after a trip to Disney, but Channelview Independent School District has not yet confirmed this information. The interstate was closed down in both directions as the injured were flown to hospitals including emergency rooms in Mobile and Pensacola, Florida, plus a free-standing emergency room in rural Baldwin County, said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped out at the county emergency management center following the crash.

Interstate 10 in Baldwin County was shut down after the incident.

The bus, which had around 45 band students from Channelview High School, fell into a ravine known as Cowpen Creek. "Some were carried out by either deputies or other law enforcement", Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack said. Chief Deputy Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities in Alabama say a charter tour bus carrying students on a school trip from Houston, Texas, has plunged into a ravine, with multiple injuries reported.

First responders are on the scene of a fatal charter bus crash on I-10 in Baldwin County, Alabama. The crash happened at about 5:30 a.m., crunching the bus and leaving the passengers exposed to chilly temperatures.

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

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