Tour bus falls off ravine on I-10, multiple helicopters respond

Tour bus falls off ravine on I-10, multiple helicopters respond

An Alabama state trooper tells the Associated Press that the driver was killed in the crash.

Helicopter at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.

Channelview ISD has confirmed that it was carrying students and staff from Channelview High School's band.

Officials said the accident's cause would be investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Motorists were advised to avoid the area and seek other routes.

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.

Jesus Tejeda, who filmed an early portion of the search-and-rescue operation, said he watched four people being removed from the scene, but that he couldn't hear any yelling from where he stood.

Several hospitals were placed on alert for the injured.

Mack told AL.com that there was once critical injury and five serious injuries.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says the bus entered the median on Interstate 10 and then fell into the 50-foot ravine.

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Rescuers used every piece of equipment on every truck to reach them, Mack said: "This is what we call an all-out". Between 12 to 20 people were injured and one person died in the early morning incident.

Around 60 first responders were on the scene of the crash, Loxley Fire Department Chief Lovell said.

At least one helicopter landed at USA Medical Center in Mobile, about 7 a.m. He could not provide information about the extent of their injuries or conditions.

Elliot said that the wounded were transported to three hospitals in Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, as well as a free-standing emergency room in Baldwin County.

"At this time, we have been able to confirm that 40 students and 6 adults from Channelview were on the bus at the time of the accident".

A hotline was set up for Texas family members to call for a status update: 251-972-6807.

"Prayers and thoughts are with our families", company officials said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it will send six investigators to investigate the crash. He expect s I-10 eastbound to remain closed until noon.

Houston-based First Class Tours confirmed that the bus was operated by the company.

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