Bus Carrying Students Crashes Near The Alabama-Florida Line, Killing 1

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One person is dead and another in critical condition after a bus carrying high school band members to Texas from Disney World, crashed into a ravine on the Alabama-Florida line Tuesday. At least 37 people, a lot of them teenagers, were treated at hospitals or other facilities in Pensacola and southwest Alabama for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious, medical officials said.

The bus was traveling eastbound from Texas when it crashed on I-10, Anthony Lowery of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office told ABC News.

Officials confirm the driver was killed in the crash.

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 in Loxley, Ala.

Channelview ISD has confirmed that it was carrying students and staff from Channelview High School's band.

Officials say 12 to 20 people were injured in the accident and up to 45 people were on the bus. "Some were carried out by either deputies or other law enforcement", Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack said, explaining that the depth of the ravine complicated rescue efforts.

Multiple people were transported by ambulances and helicopters to about 10 hospitals from Pensacola to Mobile.

Passengers who were not injured have been taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Pensacola.

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

Torres said his brother, also a member of the Channelview band, was on another bus not involved in the accident.

Mack said the Alabama State Police is in charge of the investigation.

The interstate is expected to remain closed most of the day.

Houston-based First Class Tours confirmed that the bus was operated by the company.

Sources say the bus was carrying students back home to Channelview, Texas, which is in the Houston area. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are headed to the crash site.

"At this time, details are limited", Kramer said in a statement.

"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to our students, employees and families that have been affected by this tragedy", the school district said.

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