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Driver killed after Channelview HS bus crashes in Alabama ravine

Driver killed after Channelview HS bus crashes in Alabama ravine

A bus carrying dozens of Texas high school band members home from a trip to Disney World plunged into a ravine off of an interstate highway in Alabama on Tuesday, killing its driver and injuring several others, authorities said. The sheriff said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the bus to enter the grassy median, which abruptly ends at a steep embankment where the interstate passes over Cowpen Creek. Authorities said that 19 people were transported to two local hospitals, with patients also being taken to eight other facilities.

The students were from Channelview High School in the Houston area, local media reported.

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts is a graduate of the school involved in today's deadly Alabama bus crash, the same school where his father serves as head football coach.

A deputy suffered minor injuries while pulling people from the bus.

"Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time", the statement said.

Footage of the wreckage shows the crumpled bus on its side, far below the pavement.

Sheriff Huey Mack Moss said both lanes on the interstate have been closed and Alabama State Troopers are asking motorists to avoid the area.

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Rescuers used every piece of equipment on every truck to reach them, Mack said: "This is what we call an all-out".

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", said Elliott. Our sister station in Mobile, News 5, has been told the bus was returning to Houston, Texas from a school trip.

The bus driver, Harry Caligone, was a long-time driver for First Class Tours out of Houston.

District officials confirmed the accident in a statement to Click2Houston, but noted "details are limited" at this time. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gives First Class Tours a satisfactory rating, meaning that records show no evidence of substantial non-compliance with safety requirements.

(Left to Right) Josh Torres, Bianca Torres, and their younger brother Ryan Torres, who was on the second charter bus traveling with the one that crashed.

No other vehicles appeared to have been involved, he added.

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