A charter bus filled with students reportedly plunged into an Alabama ravine Tuesday morning, leaving numerous people injured.
Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Major Anthony Lowery said the bus plunged off Interstate 10 into a deep ravine early Tuesday and multiple helicopters responded.
Channelview Independent School District spokesman Mark Kramer confirmed that the charter bus was carrying Channelview High School band members.
First responders used ropes to rappel down a 50-foot ravine in the middle of Interstate 10 to reach them, and then use equipment to cut out the victims, said Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack, who confirmed the fatality.
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Elliot said that the wounded were transported to three hospitals in Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, as well as a free-standing emergency room in Baldwin County. At least one is in critical condition and five have serious injuries, officials said.
At least one person has died in the bus crash, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.
Jesus Tejada captured the aftermath of the accident in a Facebook video which shows the bus wreckage on it's side in the ravine.
The crash shut down I-10 in both directions.
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Mike Burke from Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, said that hospital received approximately 20 patients from the accident.
A family member tells KHOU 11 the high schoolers were from Channelview and on their way back home to Texas after a trip to Disney, but Channelview ISD has not yet confirmed this information. The call center number is 251-972-6807.
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.
A second bus on the spring break trip, driving ahead of the one that crashed, is continuing on to Texas, the sheriff said.
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Authorities said I-10 will remain closed near the town of Loxley, Ala., until about noon CT on Tuesday as the investigation and cleanup continues.