One person was killed and multiple injuries were reported Tuesday morning (March 13) after a charter bus carrying high school band members crashed into a ravine on Interstate 10 near the Alabama-Florida line, according to media reports.
The passengers are band members from Channelview High School in Texas, according to WKRG. They were returning from a spring break trip to Disney. Video posted on Facebook showed a smashed bus crashed under a bridge.
Numerous children were taken by helicopter to emergency rooms, and as of 8:15 a.m., one fatality had been reported.
WEARTV.com reports there were about 50 people on the charter bus from Houston. The crash happened before dawn Tuesday in the westbound lanes near mile marker 57, which is between the exits for Foley and Pensacola. The TV station said first responders from Alabama and Florida were responding.
“We have multiple injuries; the bus went down into a ravine,” said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped out at the county emergency management center following the crash, the news site reported. “The fire department and officers are having to rappel down into the area to get into it.”
Traffic service provider @MobileALTraffic reports four helicopters were at the scene.
Our sister site AL.com says I-10 was closed in both directions near the crash site and traffic was being diverted at exit 49 to Highway 59.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.