Bus carrying high school band students crashes in Alabama: School district

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

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. Traffic has been diverted and Alabama State troopers are asking people to avoid the area.

The bus, carrying students on a school trip from Houston, plunged down the ravine, with authorities rushing to the scene.

All of the passengers of the bus have been accounted for.

About 45 people were on the bus, the sheriff said.

Baldwin County authorities tell FOX10 News the bus was traveling westbound on I-10 when it went into the median between travel lanes and fell into a ravine at Cowpen Creek around 5:30 a.m.

Five remain hospitalized and all are in serious condition.

The Alabama Department of Transportation said now the detour starts at exit 44, but crews are working to move the detour to the Baldwin Beach Express exit 49.

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.

Davidson said the community has rallied together to assist crash victims in any way they can.

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", he added.

Davidson also said an employee from Game Day Sports in Daphne, Ala., delivered free shirts to students being treated at one of the Infirmary locations. Rescuers had to repel down into the ravine to reach the bus, and some passengers were evacuated using ropes, Mack said.

Officials at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, said the facility received 20 patients from the crash.

Interstate 10 eastbound was shut down on the Alabama side, west of the Florida border. That number is 251-972-6807.

The passengers are band members from Channelview High School in Texas, according to WKRG. The bus that crashed was one of two carrying students on the trip. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are headed to the crash site.

"At this time, details are limited", spokesman Mark Kramer told the Chronicle.

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