Bus of high schoolers returning from Disney World crashes

Driver killed Texas students hurt in Disney trip bus plunge

A photo posted on the band's Facebook page just hours before the crash showed a large group posting outside Disney World.

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". "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 through this hard situation".

Rescue crews work at the scene of a deadly charter bus crash on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Loxley, Ala. He said he did not know how many passengers were injured, but said they were "numerous".

No one was injured or killed in the other three crashes.

"The bus came to rest on one side down in the ravine".

The driver of the bus was reportedly killed, while others sustained a wide range of injuries.

Authorities said the bus entered the median and then plunged into the ravine at about 5.30am but it wasn't immediately clear why.

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.

Police say at least 45 people were on the bus when it swerved off Interstate 10 and plunged 60 feet into the ravine Tuesday morning. He said he is keeping the driver's family in his prayers.

According to district officials, the students were out of state for a school trip to Disney World in Florida, when the bus carrying the band instruments and a small portion of students crashed.

The interstate was closed in both directions as recovery efforts were underway and will remain closed while authorities investigate.

The creek runs through the ravine, and there is water in the creek, but the bus did not land in the water, said Baldwin County Sheriff's Maj. Local news media put the number at 12 to 20. Alabama and Florida state troopers were diverting motorists off the interstate onto Highway 90.

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