FedEx truck collides with bus in CA, 10 killed

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Orland, CA, United States (4E) – A FedEx truck collided with a bus carrying students on Interstate 5 near Orland, Glenn County Thursday afternoon killing 10 people and injuring 34 others.

The truck crossed a median around 5:30 p.m. and slammed into the bus en route to Humboldt State University, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The drivers of the truck and bus were killed along with five students and three adult chaperons.

Witnesses heard three explosions after the crash and saw the truck and bus burst into flames.

One of the fatalities, who suffered burns, died Thursday night from his injuries at the UC Davis Medical Center, the CHP said. One of the injured remains in critical condition at the hospital, its spokesman, Dorsey Griffith, said.

Eleven of the injured were taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico. Two of the patients remain in critical condition there.

The uninjured students were brought to a shelter the Red Cross set up at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Orland. All the students aboard the bus are from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Meanwhile, the northbound and southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway in the area were closed until 7 a.m. Friday as National Transportation Safety Board investigators inspect the crash site on Friday.

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