Bus carrying high school kids crashes into ravine; 1 dead, 20 hurt

One dead after bus carrying dozens of students from Disney World plunges into ravine

Baldwin County police told reporters the bus was driving the Texas students home from a Disney World trip when it drove into the 50-foot ravine.

Students gathered outside Channelview High School on Tuesday to welcome their fellow classmates home after others were injured during an early morning bus crash.

47 passengers were on board. the driver did not make it and there's no indication that the brakes were used.

Authorities confirmed the driver had died, while one person was in a critical condition and at least five others were seriously injured.

The crash happened around 5:30 a.m., crunching the bus and leaving the passengers exposed to chilly temperatures.

The interstate was closed in both directions as recovery efforts were underway and will remain closed while authorities investigate. It was one of two buses transporting the students back to Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also released a statement in response to the crash. "We are extremely grateful for the first responders, hospital employees and volunteers from churches and schools in Alabama and Florida that have stepped up to help our students and comfort them through this hard situation".

Ivey says she and state law enforcement will continue to monitor the situation.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show the company that owns the bus that crashed in Alabama was involved in four other crashes in the past two years, one involving a fatality and three others without deaths or injuries.

The person killed was the driver of the bus, said Capt. John Malone, who commands state troopers in the Mobile district.

"I felt hopeless and like I couldn't do anything", said Josh Torres, the brother of one of the victims.

He said he looked down to see the bus lying on its side near the base of a concrete embankment, its front end crumpled.

Multiple medical helicopters responded to the crash scene on I-10, about 20 miles east of Mobile and the injured were transported to several local hospitals in the area.

"This bus was following and they sent some parents that were on that bus to help out as well as staff members", said Ollis.

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