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Ropes, phone lights used in rescue after deadly bus plunge in Alabama

Rescue crews work at the scene of a deadly charter bus crash Tuesday in Loxley, Ala. The bus was carrying Texas high school band members home from Disney World and plunged into a ravine.
Rescue crews work at the scene of a deadly charter bus crash Tuesday in Loxley, Ala. The bus was carrying Texas high school band members home from Disney World and plunged into a ravine.

LOXLEY, Ala. – Lulled asleep by the humming of their Texas-bound charter bus after 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 deep ravine.

One person died, driver Harry Caligone, and about three dozen others were hurt, three seriously, authorities and the bus company said. Interstate 10 didn’t reopen in both directions for about 10 hours after 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.

Student DeWayne Benson, 15, told KTRK-TV by telephone that he awoke to hear the band director repeatedly say “Harry” before the bus hit some bumps followed by one “huge bump.”

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