Driver killed when bus carrying Texas students plunges into Alabama ravine

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One person is dead after a charter tour bus carrying students on a school trip from Channelview plunged into a ravine near the Alabama-Florida line.

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. The students were on a trip from Houston, Texas.

A TOUR bus reportedly carrying more than 50 people has careered off an embankment near the Alabama-Florida state line.

Elliot said that the wounded were transported to three hospitals in Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, as well as a free-standing emergency room in Baldwin County.

An Alabama state trooper confirmed the person killed was the bus driver.

The crash shut down I-10 in both directions.

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Major Anthony Lowery with Baldwin County Sheriff's Office tells News 5 multiple helicopters are responding to an accident involving a bus on I-10 near mile marker 57. At least one is in critical condition and five have serious injuries, officials said.

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", said Elliott.

At least 37 people, majority teenagers, were treated at hospitals or other facilities in Pensacola and southwest Alabama for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious, medical officials said.

Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola received 18 of the patients, according to its website. He said he did not know how many passengers were injured, but said they were "numerous". We are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama trying to obtain further information. That bus stopped after realizing what happened, but did not allow the students to get off, and eventually continued on toward Channelview, a Houston suburb of about 38,000. He also said officials from the National Transportation Safety Board were on their way to the crash scene.

Channelview Independent School District, which is located east of Houston, has confirmed band students from Channelview High School were on the bus to Houston after a spring break trip.

Only hours before the crash, the band's Facebook page had been updated to show a large group posing outside Disney World, where the band performed at a music festival on Saturday.