Bus carrying high school kids crashes into ravine; 1 dead, 20 hurt

14 March, 2018, 05:59 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Bus crash shuts down I-10 near Alabama Florida line

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

"A charter bus transporting Channelview High School band students was involved in an accident on Interstate 10 in Alabama early this morning".

The crash happened at about 5:30 a.m., crunching the bus and leaving the passengers exposed to chilly temperatures.

A helicopter has now rushed to the Interstate 10 east of Wilcox Road in the westbound lane to treat any people injured, Fox 23 reported.

Jalen Hurts is a 2016 graduate of Channelview.

Another bus carrying students was ahead of the bus that crashed at the time.

A deputy suffered minor injuries while pulling people from the bus.

Jesus Tejeda said he came upon the scene while driving to work and found dozens of police cars and ambulances stopped on the highway near the overpass.

"This bus was following and they sent some parents that were on that bus to help out as well as staff members", said Ollis.

"All that she remembers is that she felt a bump, then a crash and then the bus flipping onto its side", Torres said.

He said he watched four people being removed from the wreckage, and couldn't hear any yelling or sounds of panic.

Traffic is being diverted at the 5mm (Hwy 90 exit) on I-10 WB on the Florida side.

Baldwin County commissioner Christ Elliott said first responders "are having to rappel down" to access the crash site.

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.

The accident's cause was under investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Lowery said.

According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the company has been inspected 276 times and has been given 20 violation warnings.

The tour bus was reportedly traveling back to Texas after a trip to Disney World in Florida.

Safety records for the company obtained by WKRG show they've been involved in four crashes in the last two years, including one other fatal incident.


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