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2 of 10 victims identified in fatal bus crash

By KRCR Staff
Published On: Apr 11 2014 12:08:14 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 11 2014 04:33:32 PM CDT
ORLAND, Calif. -

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are headed to the scene of a bus crash in Glenn County that killed 10 people.

A southbound FedEx semi-truck crossed the center median of Interstate 5 and slammed into a northbound charter bus Thursday at 5:45 p.m. just north of Orland.  The charter bus and the truck burst into flames.  The bus had been carrying prospective college students from the Los Angeles area on a visit to Humboldt State University in Arcata.  There were 48 people on the bus.

The crash scene is about 100 miles north of Sacramento, and 30 minutes west of Chico.

Ten people were killed, including the two drivers, five high school students and three chaperones.   There were a total of 31 people taken to seven hospitals across the region.  Nine of the victims died at the scene, one person died after being taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified one of the victims who died as Arthur Arzola, 26-years-old of Rancho Cucamonga, an admissions counselor for Humboldt State University.  He had been accompanying the students on their trip.

The second victim identified is Michael Myvett, no more information is available regarding this victim at the time of the article's publishing.

A statement on the Humboldt State website said "Arzola is remembered by colleagues at Humboldt State for his passionate commitment to helping low-income and first-generation students get into college. He dedicated his career to that work. He had been working as HSU’s Admissions representative in the Los Angeles area for the last year."

The injured were taken to hospitals across the Northstate.   Eleven patients went to Enloe Medical Center in Chico,  five went to Mercy Medical Center in Redding, five went to Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff, four went to Glenn Medical Center, two went to Shasta Regional Medical Center, three went to Oroville Hospital and two went to UC Davis Medical Center.

As of Friday morning, four of the patients were in critical condition.

Survivors said they escaped the burning bus by kicking out a back window.

Parents and family members with concerns can contact Humboldt State University for more information at (707) 826-4509.  Counselors are available for anyone wanting to talk.  For more information and updates, visit humboldt.edu/emergency.
     
Two other buses, one from Los Angeles and and other from Fresno arrived safely.  The Humboldt State University President Rollin Richmond is in Chico, visiting the victims in the hospital.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) issued the following statement today in response to the deadly bus crash last night near Orland, California:

"As a mother and a grandmother, this disaster strikes my heart. Words cannot express the sadness I feel for the families who have lost children in this tragic crash, and I am praying for a speedy recovery for all those who were injured.

"My office has been in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board, which has sent a team to the scene to investigate the crash, and we will be briefed later today."

Northbound Interstate 5 reopened around 12:45 p.m. Friday, 19 hours after the deadly crash.

Students involved in Thursday’s crash were traveling to Humboldt State University with the Preview Plus program.

According to the Humboldt State University website, the 20-year-old program, funded by HSU, brings low-income and first-generation prospective college students from the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas to HSU’s campus.

Students in the program visit campus for two days and stay in campus residence halls. On the first day, students attend the annual Spring Preview event with other prospective students. On Saturday, they visit with staff and students from the campus Educational Opportunity Program, which helps historically underrepresented students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals.

The following is a list of high schools from the Los Angeles area that had students involved with the Thursday April 11 bus crash in Orland, Calif.

La Sierra High
Adolfo Camarillo High
Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech
Ulysses S. Grant Senior High
Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High
Oxnard High
Century High
Eastside High
John C. Fremont Senior High
El Monte High
West Ranch High
School for the Visual Arts and
Environmental Charter
Manual Arts Senior High
Burroughs High
Mayfair High
Phineas Banning Senior High
Carson Senior High
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academy
California Academy of Mathematics
Pacifica High
Pioneer High
Century High
Animo Inglewood Charter High
Phineas Banning Senior High
Norte Vista High
Alliance Media Arts and Entert
Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High
Renaissance Arts Academy
Polytechnic High
Valhalla High
Gompers Preparatory Academy
Animo Inglewood Charter High
Woodrow Wilson Senior High
Middle College High
Woodrow Wilson Senior High
Palm Desert High
Animo Jackie Robinson Charter
Downey High
Loara High
Marshall Fundamental
Norte Vista High
Pomona Senior High

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