Texas family questions claim Alabama bus wreck driver fell asleep

Emergency personnel walk around a bus that crashed into a ravine in Loxley, Ala., Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The bus carrying dozens of students and six adults from Channelview crashed early Tuesday on Interstate 10 nearly the Alabama-Florida line. The driver died and about three dozen others went to hospitals. (Gregg Pachkowski/Pensacola News Journal via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas family of a bus driver who died when his charter bus veered off an Alabama interstate with dozens of students aboard says it's unlikely he fell asleep.

Alisa Louis said Wednesday that her 65-year-old husband, Harry Caligone, had driven students from Channelview High School near Houston to and from Disney World for years.

About three dozen students and adults went to hospitals after the accident, and nine remained hospitalized Wednesday. Caligone was the only person killed.

Caligone's son, Harrison Guy, told the Houston Chronicle that his father was a responsible driver who wouldn't continue driving if sleepy.

Investigators say the accident happened early Tuesday as Caligone drove to meet a relief driver less than an hour away in Mobile, Alabama.

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