Driver was killed when bus crashed into ravine

Jesus Tejeda

One person is dead after a charter tour bus carrying students on a school trip from Houston, Texas, plunged into a ravine near the Alabama-Florida line. He said he did not know how many passengers were injured, but said they were "numerous".

He said four of the patients were in serious condition, with 16 in stable condition.

The accident happened around 5:30 a.m. CDT (1030 GMT) on Interstate 10 between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, Lowery said.

Several hospitals were placed on alert for the injured.

Mack said the bus was lying on its side, about 50 feet down the ravine.

Some were rescued by firefighters, and others were carried out by deputies, Mack said.

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", he added.

One injured passenger taken to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola was in good condition.

A family member tells KHOU 11 the high schoolers were from Channelview and on their way back home to Texas after a trip to Disney, but Channelview ISD has not yet confirmed this information.

The Baldwin County call center is being brought online to field calls regarding the passengers and their locations, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"I pray for a speedy recovery for all those injured, and I am especially grateful for the heroic actions of the Alabama first responders that undoubtedly helped save lives today", Abbott said. Call center for confirmed familiesBaldwin County Alabama Call Center 251-972-6807 Channelview student talks to ABC13's Foti Kallergis about the moments the bus crashedMother of Channelview student speaks to ABC13 about crash DeWayne Benson, who was on the bus, told Foti that he was sleeping just before the bus crashed. He also said officials from the National Transportation Safety Board were on their way to the crash scene.

Authorities said I-10 will remain closed near the town of Loxley, Ala., until about noon CT on Tuesday as the investigation and cleanup continues.

We will be updating this story throughout the morning and day.

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