A sheriff says about 45 people were on board a bus that was carrying Texas high school students home from a Disney World trip when it plunged into a ravine near the Alabama-Florida line, killing one.
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.
News 5 has been told the bus was returning to Houston, Texas from a school trip. The interstate was closed down in both directions as the injured were flown to hospitals including emergency rooms in Mobile and Pensacola, Florida, plus a free-standing emergency room in rural Baldwin County, said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped out at the county emergency management center following the crash.
The Alabama Department of Transportation announced that eastbound traffic on I-10 was being diverted at Exit 44.
At least 12 of the passengers were seriously hurt, with many others also suffering injuries. we're told.
Major Anthony Lowery with Baldwin County Sheriff's Office told WKRG multiple helicopters are responding to the accident.
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.
A video of the crash showed a bus on its side in a grassy aqueduct as rescuers with flashlights scoured the area.
Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola confirmed on its website that it had received 18 patients from the bus wreck on Tuesday.
"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", he added.
A charter passenger bus carrying high band school students from Texas crashed Tuesday morning on Interstate 10 at mile marker 57 near the Alabama/Florida line.
Lowery said uninjured passengers will be reunited with family members and Channelview school officials at Coastal Church on County Road 64 in Daphne, Alabama.
The school children had been on a trip to Disney World in Florida. 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.
KPRC in Houston reports that First Class Tours owns the bus, and safety records indicate the company has had four crashes in the last two years.