A nightmarish bus collision with a FedEx truck in northern California has claimed the lives of 10 people, including both drivers and several high school students.
The crash also left 33 people injured in the midst of a fiery explosion and endless scrap metal of wreckage.
Students were in route to a Humboldt State University campus visit when things went awry around 5:30pm yesterday, April 10.
Via ABC News:
The accident happened on Interstate 5 near Orland, Glenn County, in the northern part of the state. The FedEx truck crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a northbound car before colliding with the bus, California Highway Patrol officials told ABC News.
Flames engulfed the bus and truck, sending thick plumes of black smoke upward, the vehicles reduced to charred husks.
The drivers of the bus and truck were killed, along with eight other people inside the bus, police said. The bus was carrying prospective students to a spring preview day at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.
The university released a statement about the accident, writing, “Our hearts go out to those who have been affected, and we are here to support them, and their families, in any way possible.”
California Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. expressed sympathy in a statement.
“As we mourn the loss of those who died, we join all Californians in expressing our gratitude for the tireless work of the Red Cross and emergency personnel who responded bravely to this terrible tragedy,” Brown said.
Condolences to all remotely involved in this tragedy. View the gallery for extensive pictures of the crash site.
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