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Ten fatalities in fiery bus crash

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Apr 10 2014 08:29:17 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 10 2014 11:00:00 PM CDT

Ten people were killed when a FedEx truck slammed head-on into a tour bus filled with high school students.

ORLAND, Calif. -

A charter bus and a FedEx semi-truck collided on Interstate 5 north of Highway 32 near Orland Thursday afternoon killing at least 10 people and injuring 32 more.

Both drivers were among those killed in the collision.  The other victims who died include 5 students and 3 adult chaperons.

The two vehicles caught fire leaving charred metal on the side of the road.

According to the California Highway Patrol the driver of the semi-truck was heading southbound when he crossed the center divider and crashed head on into the bus that was heading north.

The CHP said there were at least 46 passengers on the bus, most of whom were high school students from the Southern California area traveling through the Northstate to visit Humboldt State University in Arcata.

Humboldt State University's website says the passengers were prospective students en route to the university’s April 11 Spring Preview Day.

"Many of them had cuts, contusions, bumps, minor burns.  I know there was one person when we arrived on scene that was on fire," said Officer Tracy Hoover from California Highway Patrol.

Southbound lanes of Interstate 5 reopened early Friday morning.

The victims were taken to: Mercy Medical Center, Shasta Regional Medical Center, Enloe Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Glenn Medical Center, Oroville Hospital, and UC Davis, according to various reports.