Publicado: Mier, Marcha 14, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

At least one dead as bus carrying students plunges into Alabama ravine

At least one dead as bus carrying students plunges into Alabama ravine

Local authorities confirmed Tuesday that one person was killed, and dozens more injured in a school-chartered bus accident in the US state of Alabama.

A bus carrying high-school students in Alabama has plunged into a ravine, with one fatality and multiple injuries reported, authorities have confirmed. "We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family", the bus company said.

The tour bus crashed on Interstate 10 about 5:30 a.m., Malone said at the press conference. "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".

Rescue crews work at the scene of a deadly charter bus crash on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Loxley, Ala. Alabama and Florida state troopers were diverting motorists off the interstate onto Highway 90.

Mack says the injured were taken to ten different hospitals in Baldwin County and Escambia County. The students were on a trip from Houston, Texas.

The crash shut down I-10 in both directions.

"Some students were stuck under seats, some were on top of other students and there's a lot of panic to get people out", said Benson, who was taken to a hospital but wasn't injured. Of the injured, one was listed in critical condition, five were listed in serious condition and the others had minor injuries, authorities said.

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A video of the crash showed the bus on its side in a grassy aqueduct as rescuers with flashlights scoured the area.

The bus was carrying students back home to Channelview, Texas, which is in the Houston area. Chief Deputy Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. There was "not a whole lot indication that there was braking" before the bus plunged, he said.

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The bus was carrying about 50 people when it came off Interstate 10 in Baldwin county, near Mobile.

Baldwin County runs up the eastern edge of Mobile.

Houston-based First Class Tours confirmed that the bus was operated by the company.

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