Bus carrying Texas students plunges into Alabama ravine

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A charter bus carrying students home to Texas from a high school band trip to Disney World plunged into an Alabama ravine early Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Local authorities confirmed Tuesday that one person was killed, and dozens more injured in a school-chartered bus accident in the USA state of Alabama.

47 passengers were on board. the driver did not make it and there's no indication that the brakes were used.

One person was listed in critical condition and five were in serious condition.

The crash and rescue effort closed down Interstate 10 in both directions near the Florida state line.

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

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offered his condolences to those affected by the crash, saying in a statement: "I pray for a speedy recovery for all those injured, and I am especially grateful for the heroic actions of the Alabama first responders that undoubtedly helped save lives today".

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.

Ivey says she and state law enforcement will continue to monitor the situation.

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

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One person - the bus driver - died in the crash, according to officials.

According to Loxley Police, I-10 eastbound is shut down because a tour bus has fallen off a ravine.

The creek runs through the ravine, and there is water in the creek, but the bus did not land in the water, said Baldwin County Sheriff's Maj.

He said the charter bus left around 10 p.m. Monday and traveled overnight up until the crash. The rest of the injured, including a Baldwin County deputy hurt during the extrication process, suffered minor wounds, he said.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that in past two years, the company that owns the bus the crashed in Alabama has been involved in four other crashes, with one of those also involving a fatality.

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