A charter passenger bus carrying high band school students from Texas crashed Tuesday morning on Interstate 10 at mile marker 57 near the Alabama/Florida line.
An Alabama state trooper tells the Associated Press that the driver was killed in the crash.
Baldwin County authorities tell FOX10 News the bus was traveling westbound on I-10 when it went into the median between travel lanes and fell into a ravine at Cowpen Creek around 5:30 a.m.
About 45 people were on board, and all of them were brought to 10 hospitals in Alabama and Florida, either by helicopter or ambulance, he said. Of the injured, one was listed in critical condition, five were listed in serious condition and the others had minor injuries, authorities said.
"The bus came to rest on one side down in the ravine". The interstate was closed in both directions as the injured were flown to hospitals and a free-standing emergency room in rural Baldwin County, said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner who helped at the county emergency management center following the crash.
Will Condon, a spokesman for Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., said the hospital received 20 patients. The call center number is 251-972-6807.
The Alabama Department of Transportation announced that eastbound traffic on I-10 was being diverted at Exit 44.
A family member tells KHOU 11 the high schoolers were from Channelview and on their way back home to Texas after a trip to Disney, but Channelview ISD has not yet confirmed this information.
Mack said it was expected I-10 would remain shut down at least until noon.
The bus was returning to Houston, Texas after a school trip when the incident occurred around 6 a.m., WKRG reported. A special crane will be needed to lift the bus out of the ravine. In a statement, First Class Tours says their prayers are with the injured and their families.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offered his condolences over the crash.