Driver was killed when bus crashed into ravine

  • Driver was killed when bus crashed into ravine

Driver was killed when bus crashed into ravine

Injured passengers were taken to several different hospitals in Baldwin County, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida.

At least one person was killed when a bus carrying Houston-area band students drove into a 50-foot ravine in Alabama.

A video of the crash shows the front axle separated from the vehicle and doors to the luggage compartments ripped off. The rest of the injured, including a Baldwin County deputy hurt during the extrication process, suffered minor wounds, he said.

The bus was one of two carrying students and chaperones home from the trip.

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

Kramer said immediate details were limited and school authorities are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama to get more information. Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack said, "We do believe there were possibly two buses that were traveling together".

The bus charter company pledged to help local authorities investigating the crash in a statement that offered prayers for injured and their families.

Frances Dodson-Benson said her 15-year-old son DeWayne Benson, a sophomore who plays bass clarinet, used a borrowed phone to tell her he was OK.

About 45 people were on board, and all of them were brought to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, either by helicopter or ambulance, he said.

"We are deeply saddened for this loss", First Class Tours said in a statement.

Witnesses on the scene tell News 5 both directions of traffic are stopped.

Torres said his sister was returning from a trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL, where the Channelview High School band had performed at a festival.

According to KPRC in Houston, First Class Tours owns the bus involved in the accident.

The ravine is about 50 feet and that made the rescue operation hard. There was "not a whole lot indication that there was braking" before the bus plunged, he said. "We are extremely grateful for the first responders, hospital employees, and volunteers from churches and schools in Alabama and Florida that have stepped up to help our students and comfort them though this hard situation". Another bus carrying students was ahead of the bus that crashed at the time.

Westbound lanes of I-10 were reopened by mid-afternoon, but eastbound lanes remained closed, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.