'Lulled asleep by the humming of their Texas-bound charter bus following a trip to Disney World, members of a high school band were jarred awake before dawn Tuesday when the rig ran off a highway and plunged into a ravine more than 50 feet (15 meters) deep.
One person died, driver Harry Caligone, and about three dozen others were hurt, mostly teenagers, authorities and the bus company said. Interstate 10 was blocked for hours where the accident occurred between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida.
The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known, but survivors from Channelview High School in metro Houston described being asleep one moment and tumbling through the air the next.
"Then there was a loud, really huge crash that was presumably when the bus finally came to a stop," Frances Dodson-Benson said after talking to her 15-year-old son DeWayne Benson. "There were students on top of students, the bags, it was just a disarray, a lot of commotion, a lot of panic."
The Channelview Independent School District said 40 students and six adults from the school were on board the bus. State troopers said the driver was killed, and medical officials said at least 37 people, most of them teenagers, were treated at hospitals or other facilities in Pensacola and southwest Alabama for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious.' - MORE VIA US NEWS