Fiery crash leaves 10 dead in Northern California

, Posted: Thu, April 10 2014 at 9:29 PM, Updated: Fri, April 11 2014 at 9:53 AM

Fiery crash leaves 10 dead in Northern California

Update (4/11 9:45 am): (NBC News) At least ten people are now dead following a fiery bus crash on California's Interstate 5 near Orland. 

A FedEx truck had crossed the divider on Interstate 5 in Orland, side-swiped a car and then slammed into the bus head-on, authorities said. At least 10 people were killed, including the drivers of both vehicles, three chaperones and five students.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash site and determining the cause of the accident. The bus' charred remains was towed from the freeway Thursday morning after it sat pressed up against a small car.

The bus, which held 48 people, was among two others on their way to Humboldt State University in Arcata for a college tour.

Emergency responders set up a triage unit, and victims were treated for burns, head lacerations and broken bones, officials said. More than 30 passengers were taken to area hospitals, at least two in critical condition.


(NBC Bay Area) -- At least nine people -- including seven teenagers -- were killed on Thursday evening when a tour bus carrying Los Angeles-area high school students crashed in Northern California, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The students were set to visit Humboldt State University for a college tour. 

The tour bus collided with a FedEx truck and Nissan Altima on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif., about 5:40 p.m., CHP officials said.

The nine fatalities included the tour bus driver, the FedEx truck driver and seven high school students, CHP officials said. Dozens were injured.

The FedEx truck was heading south when it crossed the center line and hit the northbound bus head-on, CHP officials said. The reason the FedEx crashed or how the Nissan Altima was involved was not clear.

The bus belonged to Silverado Stages, a tour bus company based out of San Luis Obispo. At least 46 people were on board, mostly students and chaperones, CHP officials said.

The group was heading to the University's Spring Preview Day this weekend, school officials said in a statement.

Orland is about 480 miles north of Los Angeles, and 150 miles north of San Francisco.

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