Students among 10 killed in fiery Calif. crash

Students among 10 killed in fiery Calif. crash

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Flames engulf a FedEx truck and charter bus following a crash on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif, April 10, 2014.

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Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:53 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 6:00 AM

(ABC News) --  A FedEx truck collided with a charter bus carrying students in California Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring dozens of others, authorities say.

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.


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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. 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.”

Some of the students in the crash attend Los Angeles Unified School District, school officials said.

FedEx has pledged full cooperation with the investigation.

California Governor 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.

The highway remains closed. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are expected to arrive at the scene Friday.

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