Driver was killed when bus crashed into ravine

Driver was killed when bus crashed into ravine”

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.

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.

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

Interstate 10 was shut down in both directions about 20 miles east of Mobile, AL, during the time helicopters transported the injured to about 10 area hospitals.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

The sheriff said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the bus to enter the grassy median, which abruptly ends at a steep embankment where the interstate passes over Cowpen Creek.

At least 12 of the passengers were seriously hurt, with many others also suffering injuries. we're told. WALA said that first responders repelled into the ravine to rescue passengers.

Mack said the bus went about 50 feet down into the ravine. He said at least one person had to be cut out of the wreckage.

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

Mike Burke from Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, said that hospital received approximately 20 patients from the accident.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says all of the people on board were brought to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida. 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.

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.

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

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