Bus carrying students crashes in Alabama, killing at least one

Frederick Owens
March 14, 2018

Mark Kramer, a spokesman for Channelview Independent School District in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, said, "A charter bus transporting Channelview High School band students was involved in an accident on Interstate 10 in Alabama early this morning".

Numerous families are on their way from Texas to reunite with the children, members of Channelview's band who were returning from a spring break trip to Disney World.

"Some students were stuck under seats, some were on top of other students and there's a lot of panic to get people out", said Benson, who was taken to a hospital but wasn't injured. Four others are listed in serious condition.

Sheriff Huey Moss Mack says Interstate 10 was closed in both directions and Alabama State troopers asked people to avoid the area.

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. Medical officials said 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.

Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola has received 18 patients as a result of the crash, according to its website.

A video of the crash showed a bus on its side in a grassy aqueduct as rescuers with flashlights scoured the area.

"I just woke up to the news and it's pretty hard because you see the students around the school", Hernandez said. The bus carrying Texas high school band members home from Disney World plunged into a ravine before dawn Tuesday.

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"They have some injuries, I don't want to downplay that".

"They're a very successful band", said Kramer, adding that the second busload of students was due back at Channelview later on Tuesday. Of the 40 students and six staffers on board, only a handful were hurt. The other victims are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"I will be honest with you".

"The next thing we needed to do was get blankets up here", he said.

"We've had Hurricane Harvey and we've had this accident". "We have one confirmed fatality".

"We are deeply saddened for this loss", First Class Tours said in a statement.

The bus veered into the median separating the two lanes of the highway in the predawn darkness and fell into a 50-foot (15-meter) ravine at about 5:30 a.m. CDT (1030 GMT), said Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack.

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