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Charter bus carrying high school band students crashes off interstate

Charter bus carrying high school band students crashes off interstate

One person is dead after a charter tour bus carrying students on a school trip from Channelview plunged into a ravine near the Alabama-Florida line.

An Alabama state trooper confirmed the person killed was the bus driver. 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.

The injured passengers were taken to hospitals by helicopter and ambulance, Lowery said. At least one is in critical condition and five have serious injuries, officials said.

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.

An image of the wreckage shows the crumpled bus landed on its side, far below the pavement.

Around 20 patients went to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL, while others were taken to hospitals in Baldwin County, including USA Medical Center in Mobile. The interstate was closed down in both directions after the crash.

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

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News 5 has been told the bus was returning to Houston, Texas from a school trip. The other bus continued on to Texas.

According to Loxley Police, I-10 eastbound is shut down because a tour bus has fallen off a ravine.

A First Class Tours charter bus carrying high school band students from Channelview, Texas, lies in a ravine where it crashed off I-10 in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement saying that he and his wife Cecilia are heartbroken by the news.

"Prayers and thoughts are with our families", company officials said.

Contributing: KHOU-TV, Houston. The Associated Press.


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