A charter bus carrying more than 40 Texas high school students home from a trip to Disney World plunged into an Alabama ravine early Tuesday morning, leaving at least one dead and more than a dozen injured, local authorities said.
The bus’ driver was killed in the crash just before 6:00 a.m and at least 20 passengers were seriously injured, according to authorities. Multiple medical helicopters responded to the crash scene on I-10, about 20 miles east of Mobile and the injured were transported to several local hospitals in the area.
The passengers are reportedly mostly band members from Channel View High School in Texas. A family member told WKRG they’d been traveling home from a field trip to Disney.
District officials confirmed the accident in a statement to Click2Houston, but noted “details are limited” at this time. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.
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Baldwin County commissioner Christ Elliott said first responders “are having to rappel down” to access the crash site.
First Class Tours, which owns the vehicle involved in the accident pledged their “assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation.” They identified the driver as Harry Caligone, a lontime employee of the compnay.
“We are deeply saddened for this loss,” First Class Tours said in a statement. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family.”
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.
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Sheriff Huey Mack Moss said both lanes on the interstate have been closed and Alabama State Troopers are asking motorists to avoid the area.
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