At least one dead after bus carrying students crashes into ravine

14 March, 2018, 06:01 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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The driver of a chartered bus tour carrying band students from Channelview High School was killed when the bus plunged 50 feet into a ravine.

The students are from Channelview High School, said Mark Kramer, spokesman for the Channelview Independent School District.

"I felt hopeless and like I couldn't do anything", said Josh Torres, the brother of one of the victims.

"For whatever reason, the charter bus got into the median and ended up going into a ravine", Mack told reporters near the scene of the accident on Interstate 10 between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.

Rescuers used every piece of equipment on every truck to reach them, Mack said: "This is what we call an all-out". "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". An adult who is in critical condition had to be cut from the wreckage.

First Class Tours, which owns the vehicle involved in the accident pledged their "assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation".

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According to a Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report, the previous crash involving a fatality took place in May 2017 in Houston, when one of the company's buses failed to yield the right of way as it turned left and fatally struck a pedestrian who was in a crosswalk.

The cause of the crash is yet to be released. He said he is keeping the driver's family in his prayers. He said the district is working with parents to get all the students home and as safely as possible. He said he looked down to see the bus lying on its side near the base of a concrete embankment, its front end crumpled.

Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says both lanes on the interstate have been closed.

Students were taken to four area hospitals. WKRG in Mobile reported four patients remained at Sacred Heart, two in good condition and two in fair.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also released a statement in response to the crash.

A picture of the students outside Disney World in Orlando, Florida, had been posted as the cover photo on the band's Facebook page hours before the crash.

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