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Charter Bus Carrying Dozens of Students Plunges Into Alabama Ravine

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NTSB investigators arrive at tour bus crash scene

A charter passenger bus carrying high band school students from Texas crashed Tuesday morning on Interstate 10 at mile marker 57 near the Alabama/Florida line.

The bus plummeted into the 50-foot ravine around 6 a.m. CT and authorities believe about 45 people were on the charter bus bound for Houston. The driver was killed, said Capt. John Malone, who commands state troopers in the Mobile district.

The injured passengers, including one listed in critical condition and five in serious condition, were taken by helicopter or ambulance to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, Mack said.

They said the accident's cause would be investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Josh Torres said his 17-year-old sister, Bianca Torres, was sitting at the rear of the bus when the impact of the wreck tossed her forward several rows. The rest of the injured, including a Baldwin County deputy hurt during the extrication process, suffered minor wounds, he said.

"The bus came to rest on one side down in the ravine". Dodson-Benson said her son was sleeping when he was awakened by the bus hitting "some sort of hard bumps".

The crash unfolded just before 6pm local time. "The band director was yelling "hairy, hairy", like in hairy situation", he said. "They'll inspect the bus, interview any witnesses".

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Norman Haynes of Victoria, Texas said his daughter, 18-year-old trumpet player Makena Campa, was on the bus with her mother. The interstate is expected to be closed until noon CT.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says all of the people on board were brought to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida.

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", he added. "Texas is prepared to offer any assistance necessary as we rally around the entire Channelview High School community during this hard time", he said in the statement.

Outside their high school, still closed for spring break, police were stationed at every entrance and no one was available to speak.

One person is dead after a charter tour bus carrying students on a school trip from Houston, Texas, plunged into a ravine near the Alabama-Florida line.

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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