A charter bus carrying high school band members home to Texas from Disney World plunged into an Alabama ravine early Tuesday, and numerous children were being carried by helicopters to emergency rooms.
A bus carrying high-school students in Alabama has plunged into a ravine, with one fatality and multiple injuries reported, authorities have confirmed.
Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says the bus entered the median on Interstate 10 and then fell into the 50-foot ravine Tuesday at about 5:30 a.m.
WKRG-TV is reporting that 12 to 20 people have been injured, and that officials say the bus was returning to Houston from a school trip.
The bus was carrying at least 52 people, WEAR-TV reports.
The Alabama Department of Transportation announced that eastbound traffic on I-10 was being diverted at Exit 44. We're told five of the passengers were in serious condition and one in critical condition.
"We have multiple injuries; the bus went down into a ravine", Baldwin County commissioner Chris Elliott told the Associated Press.
Jesus Tejada captured the aftermath of the accident in a Facebook video which shows the bus wreckage on it's side in the ravine. He spoke with both of them after the crash and was on his way to the hospital.
"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", said Elliott.
Many others were injured in the Tuesday morning crash near the Alabama-Florida line on Interstate 10.
Officials said the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency facility in Robertsdale, Alabama, would be used as a staging area to reunite non-injured passengers with families.
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".
Six or seven Medevac helicopters transported patients to hospitals, the sheriff said. 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.
The bus was operated by the First Class Tours charter company out of Houston.
They were traveling on a school trip to Disney World in Florida, we're told.