A bus carrying high school students back home to Texas from a trip to Disney World plunged into a ravine in Alabama early Tuesday.
News 5 has been told the bus was returning to Houston, Texas from a school trip. About 45 people were aboard the bus.
Interstate 10 in Baldwin County was shut down after the incident. Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Major Anthony Lowery said the bus plunged off Interstate 10 into a deep ravine early Tuesday and multiple helicopters responded.
The passengers are reportedly mostly band members from Channel View High School in Texas.
Seven to eight medevac helicopters were used to take the injured to area hospitals, including University of South Alabama Hospital, AL.com reported.
Rescuers used every piece of equipment on every truck to reach them, Mack said: "This is what we call an all-out".
Mack said the bus was lying on its side, about 50 feet down the ravine.
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Some were rescued by firefighters, and others were carried out by deputies, Mack said. He said at least one person had to be cut out of the wreckage.
Around 20 patients went to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL, while others were taken to hospitals in Baldwin County, including USA Medical Center in Mobile. He could not provide information about the extent of their injuries or conditions.
Elliot said that the wounded were transported to three hospitals in Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, as well as a free-standing emergency room in Baldwin County.
Lowery said uninjured passengers will be reunited with family members and Channelview school officials at Coastal Church on County Road 64 in Daphne, Alabama.
The Baldwin County call center is being brought online to field calls regarding the passengers and their locations, according to the Sheriff's Office. Call center for confirmed familiesBaldwin County Alabama Call Center 251-972-6807 Channelview student talks to ABC13's Foti Kallergis about the moments the bus crashedMother of Channelview student speaks to ABC13 about crash DeWayne Benson, who was on the bus, told Foti that he was sleeping just before the bus crashed.
An official with the bus charter company, First Class Tours of Houston, said the company was working on a statement.
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