Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Texas high school students injured in Disney trip bus plunge

Texas high school students injured in Disney trip bus plunge

The company whose tour bus was carrying Texas high school students home from a Disney World trip when it plunged into a ravine near the Alabama-Florida line says it pledges its assistance in co-operating with authorities.

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.

A second bus on the spring break trip, driving ahead of the one that crashed, is continuing on to Texas, the sheriff said.

The bus was carrying at least 52 people, WEAR-TV reports.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack stated on Tuesday that at least one person died in the crash.

An Alabama state trooper confirmed the person killed was the bus driver.

The crash and rescue effort closed down Interstate 10 in both directions near the Florida state line.

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

He said: "There's at least one confirmed fatality at this point".

Mike Burke, a spokesman at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, said about 20 patients had been brought to the hospital by ambulance and helicopter, "and more are on the way".

Rescuers used every piece of equipment on every truck to reach them, Mack said: "This is what we call an all-out".

Officials said that there were multiple helicopters on the scene to help the injured.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will conduct an investigation into the bus crash, Lowery said. The students are from Channelview High School, said Mark Kramer, spokesman for the Channelview Independent School District.

One image posted on the band's Facebook page hours before the crash showed a large group posing outside Disney World.

The Channelview High band was traveling on two charter buses, FOX10 has learned, and the bus that was not involved in the accident is heading back home to Texas carrying band members and chaperones.

An official with the bus charter company, First Class Tours of Houston, said the company was working on a statement.

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