At least one dead as bus carrying students plunges into Alabama ravine

NTSB begins tour bus crash investigation

At least 45 band members and adults from the Channelview High School Falcon Band from northeast Houston were on the bus, returning from a trip to Disney World in Orlando.

The bus was one of two carrying students and chaperones home from the trip. Those who were injured were taken to hospitals in Alabama and Florida. "We are extremely grateful for the first responders, hospital employees, and volunteers from churches and schools in Alabama and Florida that have stepped up to help our students and comfort them though this hard situation". "Texas is prepared to offer any assistance necessary as we rally around the entire Channelview High School community during this hard time", he said in the statement.

WALA said that first responders rappelled into the ravine to rescue passengers. The driver died and about three dozen others went to hospitals.

He said he looked down to see the bus lying on its side near the base of a concrete embankment, its front end crumpled.

Superintendent Greg Ollis and the Channelview Police Department held a press conference Tuesday to give updates on the fatal crash that killed left one dead and several others injured.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that in the last two years, the carrier has been involved in four crashes prior to Tuesday's crash, with one of those one involving one fatality. He said he is keeping the driver's family in his prayers.

At around 5:30 a.m. the bus carrying members of a high school marching band from Channelview, Texas suddenly crossed the median and plunged into a ravine 50-feet below an interstate in Alabama.

Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Major Anthony Lowery said the bus plunged off Interstate 10 into a deep ravine early Tuesday and multiple helicopters responded.

Local media has also reported fears that high school-aged children were on board at the time.

Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says both lanes on the interstate have been closed. Interstate 10 was blocked for hours where the accident occurred between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.

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