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.
Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack says all of the people on board were brought to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida.
Authorities said the bus entered the median and then plunged into the ravine at about 5.30am but it wasn't immediately clear why.
The injured passengers, including one listed in critical condition and five in serious condition, were taken by helicopter and ambulance to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, Mack said.
Channelview High's graduates include University of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who tweeted: "Wow, praying for everyone involved!"
The students were traveling home from a school trip to Disney World in Florida, WALA reported.
Channelview ISD Superintendent Greg Ollis said there were 40 students on the bus that crashed along with six adults. According to CBS News affiliate WKRG-TV, the bus driver, Harry Caligone, was killed in the crash.
"Just hearing her voice and that she was OK, it was good", Torres said. He looked down to see the bus lying on its side near the base of a concrete embankment, its front end crumpled.
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He said he watched four people being removed from the wreckage, and couldn't hear any yelling or sounds of panic.
Baldwin County commissioner Christ Elliott said first responders "are having to rappel down" to access the crash site.
Students who were aboard the bus described moments of terror. It arrived at the high school there Tuesday afternoon with a police escort.
First Class Tours, which owns the vehicle involved in the accident pledged their "assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation".
"At this time, details are limited", Kramer said in a statement.
According to Caligone's Facebook page, the Texas native worked as a tour bus operator for First Class Tours and Houston Baptist University.