Bus carrying Texas high school students plunges into ravine

A charter bus carrying more than 50 Texas high school students home from a trip to Disney World plunged into an Alabama ravine early Tuesday morning, leaving at least one dead and more than a dozen injured, local authorities said.

Multiple medical helicopters responded to the crash scene on I-10, about 20 miles east of Mobile, just after 6:00 a.m. The bus had been carrying 52 students at the time of the crash, with at lesat 20 seriously injured, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office told WKRG.

Baldwin County commissioner Christ Elliott said first responders “are having to rappel down” to access the crash site.

The passengers were mostly band members from Channel View High School in Texas. A family member told the news station they’d been traveling home from a field trip to Disney.

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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Rescue workers and police work at the scene after a bus crashed with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of Lima, Peru, January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY Rescue workers stand at the scene after a bus crashed with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of Lima, Peru, January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo TEMPLATE OUT.
Rescue workers carry victims after a bus crashed with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of Lima, Peru, January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
Rescue workers work at the scene after a bus crashed with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of Lima, Peru, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
People react at the scene after a bus crashed with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of Lima, Peru, January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY Rescue workers stand at the scene after a bus crashed with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of Lima, Peru, January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo TEMPLATE OUT.
Rescue workers carry victims after a bus crashed with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of Lima, Peru, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY Rescue workers and police work at the scene after a bus crashed with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of Lima, Peru, January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo TEMPLATE OUT.
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY Rescue workers carry victims after a bus crashed with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of Lima, Peru, January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY Rescue workers carry victims after a bus crashed with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of Lima, Peru, January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUALS COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY Rescue workers work at the scene after a bus crashed with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of Lima, Peru, January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo TEMPLATE OUT.
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