Investigators reconstruct bus crash in Orland

Apr 17, 2014 6:15 PM

Accident investigators with the California Highway Patrol MAIT team investigated how fast the bus carrying high school students was going before it collided with a FedEx truck leaving 10 people dead earlier this afternoon.

Investigators conducted tests designed at determining what each driver may have seen just before the accident and how fast each vehicle was going.

FedEx and Silverado Stages loaned the CHP vehicles identical to those involved in last Thursday’s crash.

The bus was heading up Interstate 5 last week with 44 Southern California students aboard. Their destination was Humboldt State University, where they were set to attend a college preview weekend.

Five students died, as did three adult chaperones and the drivers of the chartered bus and truck. Dozens escaped before the vehicles exploded into towering flames.

Accident investigators say they will take months to determine why the truck tore through bushes in the freeway median without hitting the brakes before smashing into the bus.

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