Chico State, North State community respond to tragic crash

Apr 11, 2014 5:16 PM

Following yesterday evenings’ tragic crash people and organizations around the North State have been quick to offer support in any way possible.

During the California Highway Patrol’s press conference this morning the Red Cross had to ask community members to refrain from further contributions. Overwhelming amounts of food, clothing and blankets had been delivered to Memorial Hall and there was simply no room for anything else.

Dutch Bros in Orland offered free drinks to all Emergency Medical Techs, Police Officers, CHP's, Tow Truck Drivers, Firefighters, and anyone else responding to the crash.

At Enloe Medical Center area high school students were outside with a large get well card they made for victims.

As California State Chancellor Timothy White explained during this morning’s press conference, CSU set up grief counseling for schools in all the districts where such support was needed.

At Chico State the university’s flag was lowered today in honor of yesterday’s victims. University President Paul Zing released a statement that represented the thoughts of many “Chico is extremely saddened by yesterday’s tragic accident in Orland. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all who are affected. While the students were headed to Humboldt State University, they were seeking a university education in the CSU, and we feel a connection with them and all of our campuses. We’re doing everything we can to support our friends and colleagues at HSU during this time of intense suffering.”

It is heartbreaking to see a tragedy like this unfold in our own backyard, but the outpouring of community support has been extraordinary.


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