Bus driver killed in tour bus crash on I-10 identified

Violet Powell
March 14, 2018

A charter bus carrying high school students home to Houston, Texas from a high school band trip to Disney World plunged 50 feet down an Alabama ravine early Tuesday, and numerous children were taken by helicopters to emergency rooms.

"For whatever reason, the charter bus got into the median and ended up going into a ravine", Mack said near the scene of the accident on Interstate 10 between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida. Caligone's wife told KTRK she didn't think it was human error that caused the crash.

Channelview High's graduates include University of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who tweeted: "Wow, praying for everyone involved!"

Another bus carrying the majority of the students immediately turned around to render aid.

The driver of the bus was reportedly killed, while others sustained a wide range of injuries.

Torres, a former Channelview High School student, said his family originally couldn't get a hold of Bianca and those moments were absolutely terrifying. He looked down to see the bus lying on its side near the base of a concrete embankment, its front end crumpled.

First responders had to use ropes to rappel down the ravine to reach the injured and then use equipment to cut out them 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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He said he watched four people being removed from the wreckage, and couldn't hear any yelling or sounds of panic.

"Everybody is being transferred to a hospital to at least be checked out", said Elliott.

Students who were aboard the bus described moments of terror. Our sister station in Mobile, News 5, has been told the bus was returning to Houston, Texas from a school trip.

First Class Tours, which operated the bus, said in a statement that the bus was carrying students home from Orlando, Florida, and the company is cooperating with investigators.

District officials confirmed the accident in a statement to Click2Houston, but noted "details are limited" at this time.

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The bus was one of two on the way back to Texas after a band competition at Disney World in Florida.

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