Tour bus falls off ravine on I-10, multiple helicopters respond

Tour bus from Houston area flips on I-10 in Alabama

One person was killed and dozens of others were injured when a bus chartered by a Houston-area school district plunged into a ravine off Interstate 10 in Alabama.

A passenger bus crashed Tuesday morning on eastbound Interstate 10 at mile marker 57 near the Alabama/Florida line.

The passengers are reportedly mostly band members from Channel View High School in Texas.

Officials from the Baldwin County Sheriff's Department and Mobile Fire and Rescue said the ravine is estimated to be between 50 to 60 feet deep. WKRG-TV reported around 40 people suffered injuries - five of which were serious.

The tour bus, which was transporting a high-school band, crashed off the expressway into a 60ft ravine, injuring between 12 and 20 people, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

A second bus carrying students from the Disney trip is continuing on to Houston.

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

This photo provided by Jesus Tejada shows first responders searching around a bus that plunged into a ravine, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, on Interstate 10 in Loxley, Ala.

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", he added.

Our sister site says I-10 was closed in both directions near the crash site and traffic was being diverted at exit 49 to Highway 59.

Will Condon, a spokesman for Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., said the hospital received 20 patients.

A hotline was set up for Texas family members to call for a status update: 251-972-6807.

Mack said it was expected I-10 would remain shut down at least until noon.

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.

The bus was operated by the First Class Tours charter company out of Houston.



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