Bus carrying high school band students crashes in Alabama: School district

Tour bus crashes near Alabama-Florida state line carrying at least 50 people with multiple injuries reported after plunging down a ravine

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.

According to district officials, the students were out of state for a school trip to Disney World in Florida, when the bus carrying the band instruments and a small portion of students crashed.

The crash happened at about 5:30 a.m., crunching the bus and leaving the passengers exposed to chilly temperatures. The interstate was closed in both directions as the injured were flown to hospitals and a free-standing emergency room in rural Baldwin County, said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped at the county emergency management center following the crash.

Channelview High's graduates include University of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who tweeted: "Wow, praying for everyone involved!" She had pain in her legs and bruising but was otherwise unscathed, and taken to a hospital for evaluation, he said.

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

Superintendent Greg Ollis and the Channelview Police Department held a press conference Tuesday to give updates on the fatal crash that killed left one dead and several others injured.

Torres, a former Channelview High School student, said his family originally couldn't get a hold of Bianca and those moments were absolutely terrifying.

Footage of the wreckage shows the crumpled bus on its side, far below the pavement.

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First responders had to use ropes to rappel down the ravine to reach the injured and then use equipment to cut out them out.

First Class Tours, which owns the bus that crashed, said in a statement: "We pledge our assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation". Kramer's statement said the district had only limited details in the immediate aftermath and was in contact with law enforcement in Alabama to get more information.

Traffic is being diverted at the 5mm (Hwy 90 exit) on I-10 WB on the Florida side.

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No other vehicles appeared to have been involved, he added.

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