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Driver killed, college students injured as bus plunges into Alabama ravine

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Up-to-date Mar 13, 2018 three:fifty seven PM EDT

LOXLEY, Ala. &#8212 A charter bus carrying high school students property to Houston, Texas from a higher school band excursion to Disney Planet plunged fifty feet down an Alabama ravine early Tuesday, and many kids were taken by helicopters to emergency rooms. According to CBS Information affiliate WKRG-Television, the bus driver, Harry Caligone, was killed in the crash. &#8220Harry was a lengthy-time driver for our organization and we are deeply saddened for this loss. We offer you our heartfelt condolences to his household,&#8221 Very first Class Excursions, which owns the bus, mentioned in a assertion. &#8220It is our comprehending that there are extra accidents as a end result of the incident. Our prayers are with the hurt and their people at this time. We pledge our help in cooperating with nearby authorities in the investigation.&#8221  According to protection information, the bus firm has been included in four crashes in the final two years, in accordance to WKRG-Television.    One particular person was hospitalized in essential situation and five other individuals were outlined in serious problem, Baldwin County Sheriff&#8217s officers explained. The other victims are becoming treated for non-life threatening injuries.&#8221At this time, we have been ready to confirm that 40 college students and six grownups from Channelview were on the bus at the time of the incident. We are informed of several injuries,&#8221 the Channelview Unbiased Faculty District mentioned in a statement.&#8221First and foremost, our ideas and prayers go out to our students, workers and families that have been impacted by this tragedy,&#8221 the college district said. &#8220We are now concentrated on receiving every person again safely and securely to our neighborhood. We are extremely grateful for the first responders, clinic employees and volunteers from churches and faculties in Alabama and Florida that have stepped up to assist our learners and convenience them through this tough scenario.&#8221   According to WKRG-Television set, a deputy experienced slight injuries although pulling men and women from the bus.     &#8220We have multiple accidents the bus went down into a ravine,&#8221 said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped out at the county unexpected emergency administration middle adhering to the crash. &#8220The fireplace section and officers are getting to rappel down into the spot to get into it.&#8221   A constitution bus carrying college students house to Texas from a substantial faculty band excursion to Disney World plunged into an Alabama ravine early Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
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Helicopters and ambulances took the injured to three hospitals in Cell and Pensacola, Florida, furthermore a free-standing crisis room in rural Baldwin County, Elliott said. &#8220Everybody is currently being transferred to a medical center to at least be checked out,&#8221 mentioned Elliott. Baldwin County Sheriff&#8217s Place of work Major Anthony Lowery said the bus ran off the freeway just before dawn.Learners who had been aboard the bus explained times of terror.&#8221I woke up and the band director who was not driving was screaming,&#8221 DeWayne Benson said. &#8220I felt bumps then one particular enormous bump and every little thing went black.&#8221Another pupil, Bianca Torres flew more than 4 rows of seats but walked away with only a bruised knee. Her brother Josh, who was also on the excursion, was traveling on one more bus and explained the family members attempted frantically to get Bianca on the mobile phone right after the crash.&#8221We had been experience hopeless, we considered our sister had died,&#8221 he mentioned.Sheriff Huey Moss Mack states Interstate 10 was shut in equally directions and Alabama State troopers requested folks to keep away from the location.   Friends and kin posted about the university band journey on social media. One impression displaying satisfied band customers at Disney Planet was posted only several hours just before the crash.  Channelview Substantial College Falcon Band at Disney Entire world. 
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also released a statement in response to the crash.&#8221Cecilia and I are heartbroken by the news of this tragic incident, and we offer you our prayers to all these youthful Texans and their families,&#8221 Abbott wrote. &#8220I pray for a speedy restoration for all people injured, and I am specially grateful for the heroic actions of the Alabama very first responders that certainly served help save lives today. Texas is geared up to supply any assistance required as we rally about the whole Channelview High College community during this hard time.&#8221  

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