Charter bus carrying high school students from Channelview TX plunges into Alabama ravine; injuries reported, I-10
13 March, 2018, 20:58
A bus carrying high school band students from the Houston area crashed on an Alabama interstate this morning, according to school officials.
A charter bus filled with students reportedly plunged into an Alabama ravine Tuesday morning, leaving numerous people injured.
A spokesman for Channelview ISD confirmed that the bus was chartered by the district and was bringing students home from a trip to Disney World.
"For whatever reason, the charter bus got into the median and ended up going into a ravine", Mack told reporters near the scene of the accident on Interstate 10 between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.
Ollis confirmed during the press conference that the deceased victim was the bus driver.
This photo provided by Jesus Tejada shows first responders searching around a bus that plunged into a ravine, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 on Interstate 10, Loxley, Ala. Malone said he believed 49 people were on board the bus.
"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.
Sources say the bus was carrying students back home to Channelview, Texas, which is in the Houston area. Chief Deputy Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.
Rescuers had to repel down to reach the bus, and some passengers were evacuated using ropes, Mack said.
According to a Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report, the previous crash involving a fatality took place in May 2017 in Houston, when one of the company's buses failed to yield the right of way as it turned left and fatally struck a pedestrian who was in a crosswalk.
Sixteen teenagers between 15-18 were taken to multiple Infirmary Health locations in southern Alabama, said Martha Davidson, a spokeswoman for Infirmary Health.
Several units are on the scene, including helicopters that are taking patients to medical centers in Baldwin County, Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.
"Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time", the statement said.
We will be updating this story throughout the morning and day.
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