School bus carrying Texas students plunges into Alabama ravine

One person died, driver Harry Caligone, and about three dozen others were hurt, mostly teenagers, authorities and the bus company said. Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time.

A passenger bus crashed Tuesday morning on eastbound Interstate 10 at mile marker 57 near the Alabama/Florida line.

Channel 2 Investigates looked into the background of the company that operated the bus that was chartered by a Houston-area school district and plunged into an Alabama ravine Tuesday. Those had to either be brought up by ropes or rappelling individuals from the fire department during the rescue operation.

The bus was traveling west, carrying the students home from Central Florida when it drove into the median on Interstate 10 and then into the ravine at Cowpen Creek, about 5:30 a.m. (6:30 a.m. ET), Mack said.

A bus carrying Texas students whose bandmates were involved in the wreck of another bus on Interstate 10 in Alabama has returned to a Houston-area high school.

Students from the Channelview Independent School District were aboard the bus, which was owned and operated by First Class Tours.

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Of the injured, one was listed in critical condition, five were listed in serious condition and the others had minor injuries, according to authorities.

A second bus, also carrying students and chaperones from Channelview, was not involved in the crash. "I felt bumps then one huge bump and everything went black".

Classmates, including a band member who didn't make the trip, spent the day outside the school.

"We were just feeling helpless", Torres said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement saying that he and his wife Cecilia are heartbroken by the news. One image showing happy band members at Disney World was posted only hours before the crash. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family.

The bus was charted by Channelview High School, which released a statement to the Houston Chronicle after the horrifying incident. "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".

  • Megan Austin