10 dead, 35 injured in bus vs FedEx crash

Police-lightsORLAND, CA – A bus carrying high school students from the Los Angeles area was struck by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 in Glenn County, near the town of Orland Thursday afternoon, killing 10 people including the bus and FedEx drivers.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at least 10 people are dead and another 35 hospitalized after a tour bus collided with a FedEx truck that apparently veered into the oncoming bus. The horrific accident happened at approximately 5:40 p.m.

According to the CHP the bus was carrying 46 students that were headed to Humboldt State. According to Humboldt State University’s website, the passengers were perspective students en route to the university’s April 12 Spring Preview Day

“Anne and I extend our heartfelt and deep sympathies to the families, friends and loved ones of those who died in the tragic accident near Orland this evening,” California Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement Thursday night. “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.”

Northbound Interstate 5 has been closed and will remain closed for some time after the fiery crash sent a plume of smoke into the air and could be seen for mile around.

Victims were being transported to Mercy Medical Center in Redding and another facility in the Chico area.

According to preliminary reports, it appears the FedEx truck was traveling southbound on I-5 and drifted into the northbound lanes hitting the bus head on. A Nissan Altima was also involved in the accident. The tour bus has a Silverado Stages Inc. decal.

Southbound I-5 traffic is being diverted off the interstate at County Road 7. Northbound traffic is being diverted off at Highway 32.

Parents and family members of students who were on the bus can contact University Police at 707-826-5555 for more information.


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