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At least one dead after bus carrying students crashes into ravine

At least one dead after bus carrying students crashes into ravine

A high school marching band's Spring Break trip to Disney World ended in tragedy early Tuesday when their charter bus returning to Houston, Texas crashed, killing the driver and seriously injuring dozens of passengers.

More than 40 passengers on the bus were taken to 10 hospitals across southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle to be evaluated, but the total number of injuries wasn't yet known. Caligone's wife told KTRK she didn't think it was human error that caused the crash.

Officials said the bus was one of two Houston-bound charters traveling together and that no other vehicles were involved in the pre-dawn crash.

Jalen Hurts is a 2016 graduate of Channelview.

Around 20 patients went to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL, while others were taken to hospitals in Baldwin County, including USA Medical Center in Mobile.

"They're a very successful band", said Kramer, adding that the second busload of students was due back at Channelview later on Tuesday.

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.

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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.

Footage of the wreckage shows the crumpled bus on its side, far below the pavement. The rest of the injured, including a Baldwin County deputy hurt during the extrication process, suffered minor wounds, he said.

In one photo, seen above, Caligone is posing as the company's Employee of the Month in March 2009, suggesting he's been with First Class Tours at least nine years.

Sheriff Huey Mack Moss said both lanes on the interstate have been closed and Alabama State Troopers are asking motorists to avoid the area.

Students who were aboard the bus described moments of terror.

Kramer said immediate details were limited and school authorities are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama to get more information. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gives First Class Tours a satisfactory rating, meaning that records show no evidence of substantial non-compliance with safety requirements.

At least one person was killed when a bus carrying Houston-area band students drove into a 50-foot ravine in Alabama.


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