Bus carrying students crashes in Alabama, killing driver

Driver killed Texas students hurt in Disney trip bus plunge

Safety records for the company obtained by WKRG show they've been involved in four crashes in the last two years, including one other fatal incident.

It happened around 5:30. Multiple people were transported by ambulances and helicopters to about 10 hospitals from Pensacola to Mobile.

The bus carrying 40 students and six adults from Channelview crashed early Tuesday on Interstate 10 almost the Alabama-Florida line.

Torres said his brother, also a member of the Channelview band, was on a second band bus that wasn't involved in the accident.

One person is in critical condition and five people are in serious condition, WKRG reports, in a bus crash that occurred while the band was traveling through Loxley, Alabama while returning home to Texas from Walt Disney World.

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.

Channelview ISD has confirmed that it was carrying students and staff from Channelview High School's band.

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Sheriff Huey Moss Mack said both lanes on the interstate have been closed.

All the students were being taken to area hospitals to be checked out.

On Monday the band had posted a photograph of students at the theme park in Orlando on its Facebook page. Chief Deputy Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

First Class Tours, which owns the bus that crashed, said in a statement: "We pledge our assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation".

Students used cellphones as lights to get out and grabbed blankets to help people outside, he said. Family members told local news outlet KHOU 11 that the students were heading home to Channelview, Texas after a spring-break trip to Disney.

Baldwin County runs up the eastern edge of Mobile. In the video, multiple first responders surround an overturned charter bus after it apparently crashed into a ravine.

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