At least 1 dead as bus carrying students plunges into Alabama ravine

Pauline Gross
March 14, 2018

That bus stopped after realizing what happened, but did not allow the students to get off, and eventually continued on toward Channelview, a Houston suburb of about 38,000.

The bus was one of two traveling to Houston from Florida.

The bus that returned to the school later in the day was driven past a throng of reporters and into a part of the school campus out of public view. The roof of the bus also appeared damaged.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that in the last two years, the carrier has been involved in four crashes prior to Tuesday's crash, with one of those one involving one fatality.

Local authorities confirmed Tuesday that one person was killed, and dozens more injured in a school-chartered bus accident in the USA state of Alabama. Many others were injured.

First Class Tours, which operated the bus, said in a statement that the bus was carrying students home from Orlando, Florida, and the company is cooperating with investigators.

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Many others were injured in the Tuesday morning crash near the Alabama-Florida line on Interstate 10. He estimated there were about 45 people on the bus.

According Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, a charter bus transporting Channelview High School band students and staff was involved in a major crash along Interstate 10 in Alabama. It wasn't immediately clear why. Several people were injured and at least one person is dead. Baldwin County officials say emergency personnel located and evacuated the passengers of the bus.

An Alabama state trooper said the bus driver died after the crash.

The person killed was the driver of the bus, said Capt. John Malone, who commands state troopers in the Mobile district. The road was closed in both directions. There was "not a whole lot indication that there was braking" before the bus plunged, he said. "Some were carried out by either deputies or other law enforcement", Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack said of the rescue efforts.

"The bus came to rest on one side down in the ravine".

The company offering the bus service was First Class Tours, a Houston-based company that runs 58 buses and employs 94 drivers. "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".

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