Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

One dead, after bus carrying Houston students plunges into Alabama ravine

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The Channelview High School students were part of a high school band taking a trip to Disney World.

Local authorities confirmed Tuesday that one person was killed, and dozens more injured in a school-chartered bus accident in the US state of Alabama.

The injured were rushed by medivac and ambulance to several hospitals to be treated for their injuries, Mack said.

The bus, chartered by Channelview High School near Houston, was travelling through Baldwin County, Alabama when it plunged into a 50-foot ravine after ploughing through the central reservation.

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

As many as 45 people suffered various injuries with up to 20 seriously injured, KHOU-TV in Houston reported.

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

The Alabama Department of Transportation announced that eastbound traffic on I-10 was being diverted at Exit 44.

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WALA said that first responders rappelled into the ravine to rescue passengers.

"All that she remembers is that she felt a bump, then a crash and then the bus flipping onto its side", Torres said. One patient remains critical, he said, and five are in serious condition.

The bus crash happened at around 6am on Tuesday morning on Interstate 10 near the Alabama and Florida state line.

The bus pulled into Channelview High School east of Houston under police escort Tuesday afternoon. That bus stopped after realizing what happened, but did not allow the students to get off, and eventually continued on toward Channelview, a Houston suburb of about 38,000.

District officials confirmed the accident in a statement to Click2Houston, but noted "details are limited" at this time.

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

"Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time".

43 people were on board the charter bus when it crashed.

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