Driver killed after Channelview HS bus crashes in Alabama ravine

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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 bus was one of two carrying students and chaperones home from the trip.

The bus was being chartered by the First Class Tours of Houston company.

Bianca suffered some bruising on her knee, but is otherwise OK, he said.

The ravine is about 50 feet and that made the rescue operation hard.

Kramer said the district had only limited details in the immediate aftermath and was in contact with law enforcement in Alabama to get more information.

One person - the bus driver - died in the crash, according to officials.

This photo provided by Jesus Tejada shows first responders searching around a bus that plunged into a ravine, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 on Interstate 10, Loxley, Ala.

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A school district spokesman told the Houston Chronicle that high school band students were traveling on the bus. The bus was returning home to Channelview, Texas from a school trip.

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.

Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack says one person is dead, one in critical condition and 5 people are in serious condition.

Torres said his brother, also a member of the Channelview band, was on another bus not involved in the accident. He said he is keeping the driver's family in his prayers.

Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola received 19 of the passengers, four of them in serious condition, according to the hospital. "Some of the students we have talked to, the ones in Pensacola, they didn't want to ride back in a auto and I understand and we are trying to work something out with the airlines", said Greg Ollis.

First Class Tours, which owns the bus that crashed, said in a statement: "We pledge our assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation". Another bus carrying students was ahead of the bus that crashed at the time.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offered his condolences over the crash. "Texas is prepared to offer any assistance necessary as we rally around the entire Channelview High School community during this hard time". Interstate 10 didn't reopen in both directions for about 10 hours after the accident occurred between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.