Published: Wed, March 14, 2018

At Least 1 Dead After Charter Bus Crashes Into Alabama Ravine

At Least 1 Dead After Charter Bus Crashes Into Alabama Ravine

Pictured: The scene of an early morning bus wreck on I-10 early Tuesday morning.

The passengers are reportedly mostly band members from Channel View High School in Texas.

The bus driver, Harry Caligone, was a long-time driver for First Class Tours out of Houston.

Another bus is thought to have been traveling with this one, but is en route to Texas.

Ollis confirmed during the press conference that the deceased victim was the bus driver.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement saying that he and his wife Cecilia are heartbroken by the news.

Torres, a former Channelview High School student, said his family originally couldn't get a hold of Bianca and those moments were absolutely terrifying.

The bus carrying 40 students and six adults from Channelview crashed early Tuesday on Interstate 10 almost the Alabama-Florida line.

Robyn Bradley Bryan, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, said in an e-mail that there were "multiple injuries" in the early morning crash.

State Trooper also says City Hope Church in Malbis will be a meeting point for parents and students.

The injured were rushed by medivac and ambulance to several hospitals to be treated for their injuries, Mack said.

Channelview ISD confirmed to KHOU the tour bus was carrying band students from Channelview High School in the Houston area. It arrived at the high school there Tuesday afternoon with a police escort.

"The bus came to rest on one side down in the ravine". The driver of that bus was killed. "Thank God they were alive but (they) had to take them on (a) helicopter", he said in an interview conducted by instant messages.

One of those crashes was so minor, no fault was listed in HPD's records.

First responders had to use ropes to rappel down the ravine to reach the injured and then use equipment to cut out them out.

According to a Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report, the previous crash involving a fatality took place in May 2017 in Houston, when one of the company's buses failed to yield the right of way as it turned left and fatally struck a pedestrian who was in a crosswalk. It's not immediately clear what caused the crash. Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time.

It happened in Baldwin County, Alabama near mile marker 54 on i-10 when the bus managed to get into the median.

Sheriff Huey Mack Moss said both lanes on the interstate have been closed and Alabama State Troopers are asking motorists to avoid the area. Local news media put the number at 12 to 20. Interstate 10 was blocked for hours where the accident occurred between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.

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