A bus carrying Texas high school band members home from a spring break trip to Disney World plunged into a ravine before dawn Tuesday in Alabama, killing one person and injuring many others.
Channelview Independent School District spokesman Mark Kramer confirmed that the students are band members from Channelview High School. The students were on a trip from Houston, Texas.
Officials say 12 to 20 people were injured in the accident and up to 45 people were on the bus.
Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner said: "We have multiple injuries; the bus went down into a ravine".
At least 37 people, a lot of them teenagers, were treated at hospitals or other facilities in Pensacola and southwest Alabama for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious, medical officials said.
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Authorities in Alabama say a charter tour bus carrying students on a school trip from Houston, Texas, has plunged into a ravine, with multiple injuries reported. The interstate is expected to be closed until noon CT. Chief Deputy Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.
WEAR-TV reports that the charter bus was carrying at least 52 people and the crash happened around 6 a.m. One patient remains critical, he said, and five are in serious condition. Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack confirmed the death Tuesday morning while talking to news reporters.
They said the accident's cause would be investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. There were reportedly at least half-a-dozen helicopters needed to transport all the injured. The rest of the injured, including a Baldwin County deputy hurt during the extrication process, suffered minor wounds, he said. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted, "Please join Cecilia & me in prayer and support for the Channelview students harmed by this bus crash".
Only hours before the crash, the band's Facebook page had been updated to show a large group posing outside Disney World, where the band performed at a music festival on Saturday.
An official with the bus charter company, First Class Tours of Houston, said the company was working on a statement.