High School Bus Returning From Disney Band Trip Plunges Into Ravine, Kills One, Injures Other Students

A bus carrying high school students back home to Texas from a trip to Disney World plunged into a ravine in Alabama early Tuesday.

The crash, which happened around 5:30 a.m. local time on the eastbound side of I-10, killed one person and injured several people. Authorities said numerous students were transported via helicopter to emergency rooms.

Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack said the students were returning to Houston, Texas, from a spring break trip to Disney World. Between 12 to 20 people were injured and one person died in the early morning incident.

Mack told AL.com that there was once critical injury and five serious injuries.

“We have multiple injuries; the bus went down into a ravine,” Baldwin County commissioner Chris Elliott told the Associated Press. “The fire department and officers are having to rappel down into the area to get into it.”

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.

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

Seven to eight medevac helicopters were used to take the injured to area hospitals, including University of South Alabama Hospital, AL.com reported.

The bus, which had around 45 band students from Channelview High School, fell into a ravine known as Cowpen Creek. 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.

Around 60 first responders were on the scene of the crash, Loxley Fire Department Chief Lovell said. Rescuers used the jaws of life to help free students from the bus. The last person was extricated just before 9 a.m.

The Alabama Department of Transportation announced that eastbound traffic on I-10 was being diverted at Exit 44. Motorist were being asked to take Highway 59 South to US 90 East. The department added that crews are working to move the detour to Exit 49 Baldwin Beach Express, but asked that drivers take Highway 90 east into Florida regardless.

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