At around 5:30 a.m. the bus carrying members of a high school marching band from Channelview, Texas suddenly crossed the median and plunged into a ravine 50-feet below an interstate in Alabama.
About 45 people were on board, and were brought to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, either by helicopter or ambulance, he said. Caligone's wife told KTRK she didn't think it was human error that caused the crash. State troopers said the driver was killed, and medical officials said at least 37 people, a lot of them teenagers, were treated at hospitals or other facilities in Pensacola and southwest Alabama for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious.
Channelview High's graduates include University of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who tweeted: "Wow, praying for everyone involved!"
Channelview ISD confirmed to KHOU the tour bus was carrying band students from Channelview High School in the Houston area.
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Josh Torres said his 17-year-old sister, Bianca, was on the bus that crashed and 14-year-old brother is on the other bus headed home.
An image of the wreckage shows the crumpled bus landed on its side, far below the pavement.
Rescuers used every piece of equipment on every truck to reach them, Mack said: "This is what we call an all-out".
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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An official with the bus charter company, First Class Tours of Houston, said the company was working on a statement.
Baldwin County commissioner Christ Elliott said first responders "are having to rappel down" to access the crash site. It arrived at the high school there Tuesday afternoon with a police escort.
"At this time, details are limited", Kramer said in a statement.
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The bus was one of two carrying Channelview Falcon Band members and chaperones back to their community, about 20 miles (32 km) east of Houston, after a long weekend trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, said Marcus Kramer, a spokesman for the Channelview school district.