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Driver Killed, Several Texas Students Injured in Alabama Bus Crash

One person is dead and several others are injured after a bus carrying high school band members home to Texas from Disney World ran off the road and into a 50-foot deep ravine in Alabama on Tuesday.

Details of the Fatal Bus Crash

According to the Chicago Tribune, the crash occurred along Interstate 10 in Baldwin County at around 5:30 am. The bus was transporting Channelview High School band students back to Harris County after a visit to Disney World.

The depth of the ravine and the severity of the damage to the bus presented unique difficulties to responders, and several passengers had to be cut from the wreckage. Helicopters also responded to the scene.

About 45 people were on the bus when the crash occurred. The driver was killed in the accident, and 34 people, most of whom were teenagers, were treated in hospitals for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious.

It is currently unclear what caused the bus to leave the road and travel into the ravine. The bus charter company which owns the bus, First Class Tours of Houston, announced they are cooperating with authorities and pledged to help with the crash investigation.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • There were 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, which was an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, for all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.


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