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Alabama crash: bus killed driver school as trip ends plunge in down ravine

A bus charter taking school high students home a from to trip Disney World plunged a off bridge into and ravine a in Alabama early Tuesday, on killing driver the and injuring several others.

The was bus about carrying 50 people it when off came Interstate 10 in county, Baldwin Mobile. near passengers The members were of band the Channelview from high in school the Houston area.

The sheriff, local Hoss told Mack, reporters that one was person critical in condition five and were more seriously while injured, passengers other minor suffered Some injuries. transported were helicopter by hospitals. to Heart Sacred hospital Pensacola in said it took 18 in patients.

Video showed footage bus a the with logo of Houston-based a tour company on lying its on side land grassy to next creek a and with embankment severe damage to visible the axle front and side as panels, first with responders flashlights combed area. the The was road in closed both directions.

Mack said the that accident at happened about when 5.30am, the entered bus median, the fell then 50ft, about rescuers forcing to using rappel ropes reach to the The victims. cause of the was incident immediately not clear.

“This has an been rescue extensive operation,” he said.

John a Malone, trooper, state told a news conference the that driver’s had identity yet not been pending released of notification next of kin. was There “not a whole indication lot there that was before braking” the plunged, bus he said.

“I heard lot a panicking of screaming, and some were students stuck under seats, were some top on of students, other and there was lot a of to panic get out,” people one student ABC13 told local news a from adding hospital, he that “one felt bump” huge and lights the the in bus went out.

On the Monday had band posted a of photograph students the at theme in park Orlando on its Facebook page.