News Alert!!: Orland, CA: 10 people were killed in a tour bus crash on Thursday.
At least 10 people have been killed in a tour bus crash on Intetstate 5 in Orland, California at around 5:30pm PT on Thursday, April 10th, 2014.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision began a FedEx big rig towing 2 trailers heading southbound on Intetstate 5 when, for an unknown reason, crossed into the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, side-swiping a white sedan, and crashing head on with the tour bus which immediate explosed on fire.
According to the California Highway Patrol, at least 10 people killed which includes 5 students and 5 adults including 2 drivers and 3 chaperones accompanying Los Angeles, California area high school seniors.
As of 9:30am PT Friday morming, the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office confirmed that among the dead, 26 year old college recruiter Arthur Arzola of Rancho Cucamonga, California.
At this moment, the rest of the victims have not been identified.
The injured were being treated at 5 area hospitals.
California Highway Patrol Spokeswoman Tracy Hoover said that at least 34 of the bus occupants were hospitalized, but that other California Highway Patrol Dispatchers said more than 15 of those patients were being treated for major injuries.
The tour bus was transporting Southern California students on a scheduled visit to Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.
According to the Los Angeles Unified School District, the 48 occupants included 44 students and 19 students were from 16 Los Angeles Unified School District schools including San Fernando, Dorsey, Fremont, City of Angels, Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Manual Arts, Banning, Carson, Chavez, Diego Rivera, Belmont, Wilson, Chatsworth, Jefferson, and Middle College.
According to the Los Angeles Unified School District, counselors will be at each campus today to assist students and parents.
The tour bus was owned by Silverado Stages of San Luis Obispo, California.
A statement posted on the Silverado Stages website reads, “Silverado Stages is helping the authorities in gathering information regarding the tragic accident that occurred on Thursday evening. Our top priority is making sure that the injured are being cared for. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured, their families and everyone affected by this accident.”
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are being sent to the location to investigate the crash.
Families of students who may have been affected were advised to contact an information line set up by the Humboldt State University Police Department at: 1 (707) 826 -6327 for further information or guidance.
The Red Cross has established a support site at the Orland Veterans Memorial Hall in Orland, California for the victims of the tour bus crash and the American Red Cross was assisting in the reunification of students and parents.