CHP holds press conference on I-5 crash

Apr 11, 2014 1:41 PM

The California Highway Patrol held a press conference this morning in Willows to update the public on yesterday evenings tragic accident on I-5 involving a FedEx big rig and a charter bus carrying students from the Los Angeles area.

CHP commander Bruce Carpenter opened the press conference by thanking all the agencies that responded and commended rescuers for their immediate response.

Carpenter stated the CHP received a call regarding the crash at 5:40 p.m. Investigators responded with all available resources, the collision was engulfed in flames when they arrived. Nine fatalities were at the scene and one was a victim air lifted to UC Davis, Carpenter said.

After Carpenter spoke CHP Lieutenant Scott Fredrick took the podium to address the investigation. According to Fredrick the NTSB arrived at crash scene around 10 a.m. Friday making it a multidisciplinary investigation team for northern California.

Investigators are looking into human factors for what caused collision. They do not know if the FedEx driver fell asleep. They are also looking into mechanical issues investigation and motor carrier records for prior collisions.

According to Lt. Fredrick the full investigation could take between 90 days and 6 months.

The process of identifying the bodies will be a very difficult process “burns on bodies make id'ing the bodies very difficult. Investigators can use DNA if they need to, said Rich Warner, undersheriff for Glenn County.”

Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones said no dental records are available and they are going to have to rely on DNA.

The majority of those deceased were sitting at the front of the bus.


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