Driver killed, Texas students hurt in Disney trip bus plunge


One person is dead after a charter bus fell on its side into an 50 foot Alabama ravine Tuesday morning.

At least 45 band members and adults from the Channelview High School Falcon Band from northeast Houston were on the bus, returning from a trip to Disney World in Orlando.

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts is a graduate of the school involved in today's deadly Alabama bus crash, the same school where his father serves as head football coach.

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.

Dozens of people posted messages of grief and sympathy on the school's Facebook page, saying they were praying for the students. "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.

"This bus was following and they sent some parents that were on that bus to help out as well as staff members", said Ollis. The driver died and about three dozen others went to hospitals.

In the video, multiple first responders surround an overturned charter bus after it apparently crashed into a ravine.

Josh Torres said his 17-year-old sister, Bianca, was on the bus that crashed and 14-year-old brother is on the other bus headed home.

Authorities said the bus entered the median and then plunged into the ravine at about 5.30am but it wasn't immediately clear why. It arrived at the high school there Tuesday afternoon with a police escort.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that in the past two years, First Class Tours has been involved in four other crashes, including a fatal crash in Houston in May 2017.

The interstate was closed down in both directions as the injured were flown to hospitals including emergency rooms in Mobile and Pensacola, Florida, plus a free-standing emergency room in rural Baldwin County, said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner. Local news media put the number at 12 to 20.

Authorities hope to reopen the highway by noon (1 p.m. ET), said Alabama State Trooper Capt. John Malone.