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Bus Full Of Children Crashes On The Way Back From Disney World, Multiple Casualties Reported

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At least one person was killed when a bus filled with multiple students crashed into a ravine in Baldwin County, Alabama.

There were 45 passengers from the high school's band on board, and 20 have been taken to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries. One person is reported dead.

The company that owned the bus used, First Class Tours, released a statement, where they confirmed the driver had died.

"Our prayers are with the injured and their families at this time. We pledge our assistance in cooperating with local authorities in the investigation," the statement read.

According to WKRG-TV, this is the fourth crash the bus company had been involved in during the past two years.

The chartered bus was leaving Disney World in the early morning of March 13, and en route to their homes in Houston, Texas.

"The students are from Channelview High School,"  Mark Kramer, spokesman for the Channelview Independent School District, said. "At this time, details are limited. We are in contact with law enforcement in Alabama trying to obtain further information."


Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack said the crash was "in the dark of night, and we are down in a ravine next to a creek. He added that "it was a large scale effort," with a significant amount of emergency dispatchers arriving on the scene to evacuate all of the passengers.

Dewayne Benson, 15, was on one of two buses traveling home from Walt Disney World and was understandingly shook up over the accident.

“He was asleep until the band director started screaming," Dewayne's sister Sydney Benson, 19, told ABC News, adding he didn't seem to be injured.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott offered his condolences to those involved in the crash.

"I pray for a speedy recovery for all those injured, and I am especially grateful for the heroic actions of the Alabama first responders that undoubtedly helped save lives today," Abbott said. "Texas is prepared to offer any assistance necessary as we rally around the entire Channelview High School community during this difficult time."

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this horrific accident.

[H/T: ABC News, CBS News, KHOU]

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