Tour bus falls off ravine on I-10, multiple helicopters respond


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.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says the bus entered the median on Interstate 10 and then fell into the 50-foot ravine.

A charter passenger bus carrying high band school students from Texas crashed Tuesday morning on Interstate 10 at mile marker 57 near the Alabama/Florida line.

A second bus on the spring break trip, driving ahead of the one that crashed, is continuing on to Texas, the sheriff said.

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

"We have multiple injuries; the bus went down into a ravine", said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped out at the county emergency management center following the crash.

About 45 people were on board, and were brought to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, either by helicopter or ambulance, he said. He spoke with both of them after the crash and was on his way to the hospital.

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"All that she remembers is that she felt a bump, then a crash and then the bus flipping onto its side", Torres said.

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.

Sheriff Huey Moss Mack said both lanes on the interstate have been closed. Traffic has been diverted and Alabama State troopers are asking people to avoid the area. WKRG-TV reported around 40 people suffered injuries - five of which were serious. 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. He said he did not know how many passengers were injured, but said they were "numerous".

Six or seven Medevac helicopters transported patients to hospitals, the sheriff said.

An official with the bus charter company, First Class Tours of Houston, said the company was working on a statement.

The school children had been on a trip to Disney World in Florida.