Bus of high schoolers returning from Disney World crashes

Saul Bowman
March 14, 2018

Local authorities confirmed Tuesday that one person was killed, and dozens more injured in a school-chartered bus accident in the US state of Alabama.

A family member tells KHOU 11 the high schoolers were from Channelview, Texas and on their way back home after a trip to Disney, but Channelview Independent School District has not yet confirmed this information.

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 bus ended up overturned about 50 feet down the ravine underneath a bridge, police said. Authorities say the passengers were taken to 10 different hospitals.

Jalen Hurts is a 2016 graduate of Channelview. She had pain in her legs and bruising but was otherwise unscathed, and taken to a hospital for evaluation, he said.

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts is a graduate of the school involved in today's deadly Alabama bus crash, the same school where his father serves as head football coach. The driver of the bus was killed and about three dozen others were hurt, mostly teenagers. The rest of the injured, including a Baldwin County deputy hurt during the extrication process, suffered minor wounds, he said.

KTRK in Houston reported five people were seriously injured and one remained critical.

Jesus Tejada captured the aftermath of the accident in a Facebook video which shows the bus wreckage on it's side in the ravine.

The interstate was closed down in both directions after the crash.

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

The company offering the bus service was First Class Tours, a Houston-based company that runs 58 buses and employs 94 drivers.

A spokeswoman for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said later that the bus's driver died in the accident.

According to a Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report, one of the company buses failed to yield the right of way in May 2017 in Houston, fatally striking a pedestrian in a crosswalk as the bus turned left.

Safety records for the company obtained by WKRG show they've been involved in four crashes in the last two years, including one other fatal incident.

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