A tour bus packed with teens heading home from a high school trip plummeted off an Alabama interstate into a ravine - leaving at least one person dead and sending injured passengers to at least 10 hospitals.
47 passengers were on board. the driver did not make it and there's no indication that the brakes were used. According to a CNN report, one patient remains in critical condition and several others are in serious condition.
The bus struck a bridge support when it landed in the ravine, and inspectors need to make sure the bridge is sound before reopening the interstate, he said.
Sheriff Huey Mack Moss said both lanes on the interstate have been closed and Alabama State Troopers are asking motorists to avoid the area.
The bus was one of two on the way back to Texas after a band competition at Disney World in Florida.
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. Multiple people were taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
Torres said his brother, also a member of the Channelview band, was on another bus not involved in the accident.
"Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time", the statement said.
"This bus was following and they sent some parents that were on that bus to help out as well as staff members", said Ollis. State troopers said the driver was killed, and medical officials said 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.
The bus pulled into Channelview High School east of Houston under police escort Tuesday afternoon. About 45 people were aboard the bus.
"The bus came to rest on one side down in the ravine".
Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Major Anthony Lowery said the bus ran off the highway before dawn.