1 killed after bus carrying Texas students plunges into Alabama ravine

1 killed after bus carrying Texas students plunges into Alabama ravine

Channelview Independent School District, which is located east of Houston, has confirmed band students from Channelview High School were on the bus to Houston after a spring break trip.

Witnesses on the scene tell News 5 both directions of traffic are stopped.

A TOUR bus reportedly carrying more than 50 people has careered off an embankment near the Alabama-Florida state line.

Authorities said the bus left the roadway before crossing a bridge and fell about 35 feet into a ravine.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack said the bus was carrying 45 people.

A second bus carrying students from the Disney trip is continuing on to Houston.

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

Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Major Anthony Lowery said the bus plunged off Interstate 10 into a deep ravine early Tuesday and multiple helicopters responded.

WKRG-TV is reporting that 12 to 20 people have been injured, and that officials say the bus was returning to Houston from a school trip.

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

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", he added.

Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola confirmed on its website that it had received 18 patients from the bus wreck on Tuesday.

A call center was established at 251-972-6807 for family members looking for their relatives who were aboard the bus, authorities said.

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.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it will send six investigators to investigate the crash.

"I pray for a speedy recovery for all those injured, and I am especially grateful for the heroic actions of the Alabama first responders that undoubtedly helped save lives today", Abbott said.

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

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