Bus of high schoolers returning from Disney World crashes
A bus carrying a Texas high school band home from Disney World tumbled off a dark highway and down a ravine early Tuesday morning — killing the driver and injuring dozens of students and chaperones, officials said.
The accident happened at 5:33 a.m. on I-10 west near Mobile, Alabama.
Baldwin County Sheriff Mack said emergency units — forced to rappel down the ravine — were dispatched to extricate the passengers.
There were 48 passengers were on board and most were injured, including 20 who were in serious condition, ABC News reported.
The bus was charted by Channelview High School, which released a statement to the Houston Chronicle after the horrifying incident.
“A charter bus transporting Channelview High School band students was involved in an accident on Interstate 10 in Alabama early this morning. At this time, details are limited. We are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama trying to obtain further information.”
Houston-based First Class Tours confirmed that the bus was operated by the company.
A second bus, also carrying students and chaperones from Channelview, was not involved in the crash.
“Prayers and thoughts are with our families,” company officials told the Chronicle.
Dewayne Benson, 15, was on the bus that crashed, according to his sister, Sydney Benson.
“He was asleep until the band director started screaming,” Sydney Benson, 19, told ABC News.
She said her brother called the family from a hospital in Pensacola, Florida. She said he wasn’t one of those that were injured.
The name of the deceased bus driver has yet to be released.