One dead, after bus carrying Houston students plunges into Alabama ravine

One dead, after bus carrying Houston students plunges into Alabama ravine

A bus carrying high school band students from the Houston area crashed on an Alabama interstate this morning, according to school officials.

A video of the crash showed the bus on its side in a grassy aqueduct as rescuers with flashlights scoured the area.

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office says there is one critical injury and five are serious.

Ivey says she and state law enforcement will continue to monitor the situation.

It's unclear what caused the bus to go into the ravine.

In one photo, seen above, Caligone is posing as the company's Employee of the Month in March 2009, suggesting he's been with First Class Tours at least nine years. Interstate 10 didn't reopen in both directions for about 10 hours after the accident occurred between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida. A second bus with band students was not involved.

We pledge our assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation. At least 37 people, majority 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. He said he is keeping the driver's family in his prayers.

The bus was carrying band members of Channelview High School who were traveling from a spring break trip to Walt Disney World in Florida.

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The passengers are reportedly mostly band members from Channel View High School in Texas. The bus fell several feet below the interstate into a ravine. That bus stopped after realizing what happened, but did not allow the students to get off, and eventually continued on to Channelview, a Houston suburb of about 38,000.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack confirmed the death Tuesday morning while talking to new reporters.

Around 60 first responders were on the scene of the crash, Loxley Fire Department Chief Lovell said.

Local media has also reported fears that high school-aged children were on board at the time.

Baldwin County commissioner Christ Elliott said first responders "are having to rappel down" to access the crash site.

WEAR-TV reports that the charter bus was carrying at least 52 people and the crash happened around 6 a.m.

The person killed was the driver of the bus, said Capt. John Malone, who commands state troopers in the Mobile district.

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