1 killed after bus carrying Texas students plunges into Alabama ravine

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Family members told local news outlet KHOU 11 that the students were heading home to Channelview, Texas after a spring-break trip to Disney.

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.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says the bus entered the median on Interstate 10 and then fell into the 50-foot ravine Tuesday at about 5:30 a.m.

The bus was carrying at least 52 people, WEAR-TV reports.

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

The Alabama Department of Transportation announced that eastbound traffic on I-10 was being diverted at Exit 44. The interstate was closed down in both directions after the crash.

Chief Deputy Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. We're told five of the passengers were in serious condition and one in critical condition.

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At least 37 people, a lot of them teenagers, were treated at hospitals or other facilities in Pensacola and southwest Alabama for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious, medical officials said.

It's unclear what caused the bus to go into the ravine. He looked down to see the bus lying on its side near the base of a concrete embankment, its front end crumpled.

Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola confirmed on its website that it had received 18 patients from the bus wreck on Tuesday. Kramer said immediate details were limited and school authorities are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama to get more information.

He said: "There's at least one confirmed fatality at this point".

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.

Only hours before the crash, the band's Facebook page had been updated to show a large group posing outside Disney World, where the band performed at a music festival on Saturday.

First Class Tours, which operated the bus, said in a statement that the bus was carrying students home from Orlando, Florida, and the company is cooperating with investigators.

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