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High school band trip ends in fatal crash in Alabama

High school band trip ends in fatal crash in Alabama

Another bus carrying students was ahead of the bus that crashed at the time.

In one photo, seen above, Caligone is posing as the company's Employee of the Month in March 2009, suggesting he's been with First Class Tours at least nine years. Caligone was not the driver in the previous crashes. It was one of two buses transporting the students back to Texas.

The name of the deceased bus driver has yet to be released.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offered his condolences over the crash.

"I felt hopeless and like I couldn't do anything", said Josh Torres, the brother of one of the victims.

The bus carrying 40 students and six adults from Channelview crashed early Tuesday on Interstate 10 almost the Alabama-Florida line. Authorities say the passengers were taken to 10 different hospitals. All the passengers had been accounted for on Tuesday morning.

The wreck happened in a rural area on the Gulf Coast between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida. A family member told WKRG they'd been traveling home from a field trip to Disney. One image showing happy band members at Disney World was posted only hours before the crash.

According to Loxley Police, I-10 eastbound is shut down because a tour bus has fallen off a ravine.

The driver of the bus was reportedly killed, while others sustained a wide range of injuries.

The bus that returned to the school later in the day was driven past a throng of reporters and into a part of the school campus out of public view.

No other vehicles appeared to have been involved, he added.

"We are aware of numerous injuries", Ollis said in a statement. KPRC reports that safety records indicate the company has had four crashes in the last two years. The sheriff said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the bus to enter the grassy median, which abruptly ends at a steep embankment where the interstate passes over Cowpen Creek. Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time.

That second bus continued home and arrived safely at the high school around 1:30 p.m.

The interstate was closed down in both directions as the injured were rushed to the various hospitals.

Multiple medical helicopters responded to the crash scene on I-10, about 20 miles east of Mobile and the injured were transported to several local hospitals in the area. Alabama and Florida state troopers were diverting motorists off the interstate onto Highway 90.


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