| LOS ANGELES, April 11
LOS ANGELES, April 11 A tractor-trailer slammed
into a tour bus carrying high school students in northern
California, killing at least nine people, including the truck
driver, and injuring 32, the California Highway Patrol said.
Tracy Hoover, CHP spokeswoman, said the driver of the FedEx
truck lost control of the vehicle, crossed over a divider on
Interstate 5, side-swiped a car and then smashed head-on into
the tour bus around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Apart from the driver, the bus was carrying between 44 and
48 students and three or four chaperones heading to Humboldt
State University for a campus tour. The crash took place near
the community of Orland, 95 miles (150 km) north of Sacramento.
The driver of the FedEx truck was killed, said CHP
spokeswoman Lacey Heitman. The students were traveling from Los
Angeles-area high schools.
Seven students on the bus were among the dead, a local
Pictures from the scene showed the bus reduced to a
burned-out chassis resting sideways across the highway. Hoover
described hunks of twisted metal and broken glass and said
flames had roared through the vehicles.
"The big rig and the bus were both engulfed in flames. You
are talking about two vehicles that are destroyed. There is
hardly anything left of the truck," Hoover said.
Hoover said the injured were taken by air and land
ambulances to area hospitals. Shasta Regional Medical Center,
which received two patients, said one was in stable condition
while the other was undergoing testing and additional treatment.
The condition of the other 30 injured was not immediately
"They are traumatized, absolutely. Most of them have
scratches, cuts, burns, contusions, and lacerations. A magnitude
of injuries," Hoover said.
No one in the car was killed, though the driver was sent to
hospital with unspecified injuries, CHP said, though officials
could not confirm whether the bus driver was among the dead.
Interstate 5 was closed in both directions and was not
expected to reopen until early Friday morning.
Bonnie Kourvelas, a spokeswoman for FedEx Corp, said
the company was aware of media reports that one of its trucks
was involved in the crash. The condition of the truck's driver,
she said, was unknown.
"We are cooperating fully with authorities as they
investigate," she said.
Humboldt State University President Rollin Richmond said
students from southern California had been traveling to the
college campus for a spring preview event on Friday.
"Our hearts go out to those who have been affected, and we
are here to support them, and their families, in any way
possible," he said in a written statement.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles and Eric Johnson in
Seattle; Editing by Alison Williams)