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Bus crash survivor files lawsuit in Interstate 5 crash

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Apr 25 2014 11:06:10 AM CDT
WILLOWS, Calif. -

A survivor of a deadly bus crash in Glenn County has filed a lawsuit seeking damages.  The crash April 10 on Interstate 5 in Orland involved a FedEx big rig and a charter bus carrying students on a trip to Humboldt State University.

The suit was filed on behalf of Evelyn Guzman, a student on the bus who survived the crash.  It's one of two lawsuits filed in connection with the crash.

The personal injury and general negligence suit was submitted to the Glenn County Court on April 14, four days after the crash.

FedEx and Silverado Stages are named as defendants.

The filing does not specify the exact amount of damages being sought, only that it is more than $25,000 in compensatory damages.  The suit does not seek punitive damages.

The family of one of the students who died, 17-year-old Jennifer Bonilla, is also suing.  That suit filed in Los Angeles seeks $100 million.

Five teens and five adults died, including both drivers.  Some witnesses say the FedEx truck was on fire before the crash. That lawsuit alleges FedEx trucks have a history of catching fire.
 
Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. declined to discuss the litigation but says it's cooperating with investigators.

Friday morning the National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report into the bus crash in Orland.  It outlines the facts known so far about the case.

It provides specific details about when the FedEx truck involved left the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 26.02, and the movement of the Nissan Altima that was hit before the truck  hit the charter bus carrying 43 high school students and three adult chaperones.
 
It does not, however, draw any conclusions as to fault or a cause of the crash.  That will come in a final report which could take months.