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A school bus traveling on interstate 10 in south Alabama crashed Tuesday morning, resulting in one death, several injuries, and a partial closure of the roadway.
The crash happened early Tuesday, on the eastbound side of I-10 near exit 57. The vehicle fell into a ravine approximately 50 to 60 feet deep, according to officials with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department and Mobile Fire and Rescue.
Local news station WRKG reported the bus was full of approximately 45 students returning to Houston, Texas from a school spring break trip to Disney World in Florida. The students are part of the Channelview High School band. The station reported 12 to 20 people were injured, and one person died in the crash. There was no information whether the victim was a student.
Injuries range from minor to critical, according to multiple law enforcement agencies at the scene.
Chief Lovell of Loxley Fire Department said that there are around 60 first responders at the scene. His crew is helping with extraction.
The eastbound side of the interstate is shut down in the area.
The Alabama Department of Transportation said currently the detour starts at exit 44, but crews are working to move the detour to the Baldwin Beach Express exit 49. Regardless of which exit drivers use, everyone is asked to take Highway 90 east into Florida to avoid the area.
Mike Burke, a spokesman at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, said about 20 patients had been brought to the hospital by ambulance and helicopter, “and more are on the way.”
“We have multiple injuries; the bus went down into a ravine,” said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped out at the county emergency management center following the crash. “The fire department and officers are having to rappel down into the area to get into it.”