One Dead, Multiple Injuries When Charter Bus Crashes Into I-10 Ravine

March 13, 2018 exclusive photo.

A bus driver was killed early Tuesday morning when a charter bus loaded with high school students from Texas plunged about 60-feet into an Alabama ravine on I-10 between Wilcox Road and the Florida state line.

About 45 band members and adults from the Channelview High School Falcon Band from northeast Houston were on the bus, returning from a trip to Disney World in Orlando. A second bus with band students was not involved.

It’s not yet known whey the bus traveled into the median and crashed into the ravine near a creek about 5:30 a.m..  Rescue efforts were completed about three hours later.  Multiple people were transported by ambulances and helicopters to about 10 hospitals from Pensacola to Mobile. Multiple people were taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. The last victim airlifted to the hospital just before 9 a.m.

Bus driver Harry Caligone was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was a longtime employee of First Class Tours.

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Pictured: The scene of an early morning bus wreck on I-10 early Tuesday morning. Pictured bottom: The Channelview High School Falcon Band at Disney on Monday. exclusive photos by Kristi Barbour, and photos by Jesus Tejeda and others for, click to enlarge. exclusive photo. exclusive photo. exclusive photo. exclusive photo.


16 Responses to “One Dead, Multiple Injuries When Charter Bus Crashes Into I-10 Ravine”

  1. Melissa Boutwell on March 15th, 2018 11:18 am

    Prayers for all involved including families and friends..I also give a shout out to all rescue teams and volunteers! Thank you for your service!

  2. Bama Lady on March 14th, 2018 2:29 pm

    Have to say this is a terrible tragedy that could possibly been avoided if there had been some kind of barrier or barriers to prevent any vehicle Off the road and n the median from going down the ravine.

  3. Rebekah on March 13th, 2018 6:57 pm

    A lot of people have been wondering if there is anything they can do to help. One of the biggest needs for the families is gift cards for food and gas. The families are all mostly coming by car to Sacred Heart and this is an expensive trip they weren’t expecting to have to make. Cards can be dropped of at Sacred Heart Administration if you’d like to help alleviate some of the stress on these families.

  4. patti on March 13th, 2018 4:06 pm

    Prayers for all the parents, who we know are so worried about their children, and the young people. Prayers go out to the driver’s family also. Can’t imagine what happened to make him leave the traveling lanes. My hope is in God, I know what HE can do!

  5. Tom Webster on March 13th, 2018 2:59 pm

    My prayers are with the members of this group of young people… May those that are hurt, heal quickly…. And are home with their family quickly, as well…. Also prayers to the bus driver, and his family as well….

  6. Laterra on March 13th, 2018 2:37 pm

    Praying for the families of the deceased and injured

  7. Grand Locust on March 13th, 2018 1:48 pm

    Great photos. You just do not see how deep these ravines are when you are flying down the interstate at 70mph. These photos really show how dangerous leaving any roadbed including an interstate can be. It is amazing that there was not more loss of life.

  8. nana of 16 on March 13th, 2018 12:49 pm

    This is so sad…we were at WDW this past weekend and we saw them March in the parade on Saturday. My heart is broken for these children and their families.

  9. D-Molino on March 13th, 2018 12:45 pm

    Praying for all involved. This is so heart breaking….

  10. new to Century on March 13th, 2018 11:55 am

    This is such an awful thing to happen to these young adults on a school trip. Praying for all the students and parents of students and teachers at Channelview High School.

  11. Me on March 13th, 2018 11:47 am

    Prayers for all !!

  12. Shantell Cartwright on March 13th, 2018 11:22 am

    This is just awful. Will be praying for all involved and the first responders.

  13. Betty on March 13th, 2018 11:09 am

    Everyone pray now for these young people, the ones hurt, the chaperones, and the families.

  14. Ana María Ramírez Sawyer on March 13th, 2018 11:05 am

    Praying for the children, their families and the adults with them.

  15. My2Cents on March 13th, 2018 10:32 am

    What a tragedy! Prayers for all involved.

  16. Tiffany on March 13th, 2018 10:31 am

    Prayers for the people involved and all their loved ones who are traveling this way to be with them.

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