ORLAND, Calif. (CBSLA.com) — Investigators said Friday that five students, three chaperones and two drivers were among those killed in a fiery crash involving a FedEx delivery truck and a charter bus carrying Southland high school students in Northern California.
The crash happened a little after 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the 5 Freeway near Orland, a small city about 90 minutes north of Sacramento.
Officials say the FedEx truck hit a car and collided head-on with one of three charter buses headed to Humboldt State University to tour the campus. Both vehicles burst into flames as students kicked open windows to escape the fire.
“Everything completely burned,” one official said. “Fire got here pretty quick, but by the time they got here, it was fully engulfed.”
Nine people died at the scene and a tenth succumbed to their injuries overnight in the burn center at UC Davis Medical Center.
The Glen County Coroner’s Office says the deceased have been taken to various mortuaries, but most cannot yet be identified due to the severity of their burns. It is expected to take several says to check dental records.
At least 30 others were also injured and were being treated at six area hospitals.
Authorities say 19 of the 48 of the students on the trip were enrolled at the following LAUSD high schools: Robert F. Kennedy, Manuel Arts, Banning San Fernando, Dorsey, Fremont, City of Angels, Carson, Chavez, Diego Rivera, Wilson, Chatsworth, Belmont, Grant, Middle College and Jefferson.
“Only one or two students participated from each school. We will be providing support at these campuses this morning,” said Deasy, who planned to hold a news conference about the crash Friday at noon.
Students from other Southland school districts were also on board the buses.
The trip was geared toward disadvantaged teens who would be the first in their family to attend college.