Truck in Deadly Crash Slammed into Charter Bus

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) At least four survivors of Thursday's deadly bus crash in northern California are hospitalized in critical condition.

Eleven people were taken to a hospital in Chico, where two were listed in critical condition this morning. At least seven people were hospitalized elsewhere, and two of them are critical.

The crash left 10 people dead, including nine people on board the bus -- which was taking high school students to visit the campus of Humboldt State University. In addition to the drivers of the truck and the bus, the victims included five teenage students and three adult chaperones.

A sheriff says most of those who died were found on the ground in front of the bus or in the front portion of the bus. He says identifying the victims might require the use of dental records or DNA.

Investigators say the bus and truck were on opposite sides of the freeway when the truck crossed the median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire. They say the truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car that was also involved in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate.

The 44 teens who were on the bus -- nearly half from Los Angeles -- were taking part in a program in which prospective low-income or first-generation college students are invited to visit the campus.


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