Baldwin County

NTSB begins probe into deadly I-10 bus crash

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WKRG) - Federal investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are in Baldwin County for the next week or more as they begin their investigation into Tuesday morning's fatal charter bus crash.

65-year-old Harry Caligone was killed in the crash as he drove 40 band members and five chaperones from Disney World back to Channelview High School near Houston, Texas

Lead investigator Peter Kotowski says it could take more than a year to complete the probe.  He says it was a new bus and only on its second trip when it plummeted into a ravine near the 57-mile marker of I-10 near the Alabama/Florida state line.

Kotowski says the band was scheduled to leave Orlando Monday night around 10.  At the time of the crash, Caligone had been driving for almost 9 hours and was scheduled to meet his relief driver in Mobile. Federal requirements allow bus drivers to drive for 10 hours and on duty for 14 hours before being relieved.

Around 5:30 Tuesday morning the westbound bus drifted into the median and then "crossed the eastbound lanes impacted a guardrail on the eastbound side and then came back across the eastbound lanes into the depressed median itself and then down the embankment," according to Kotowski.

Groups of investigators are looking at the crash site, the bus and interviewing passengers and witnesses. Kotowski says it could 12 to 14 months to complete the investigation.

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