UPDATE: 10 dead, 35 injured in I-5 crash near Orland

Apr 10, 2014 9:09 PM

5:50am UPDATE, ORLAND - The California Highway Patrol says five teens are among the 10 people killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 5. The AP is reporting among those dead at least three were chaperones.

Enloe Medical Center received a total of 11 of the crash victims. Two remain in critical condition, four are in fair condition and five have been discharged.

Mercy Medical Center received a total of 5 of the crash victims. All have been discharged.

The UC Davis Burn Center received two crash victims. One passed away overnight (bringing the new death toll to 10) and one remains in critical condition.

The patrol says the bus and truck were on opposite sides of the freeway when the truck crossed a grass median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire yesterday. Investigators say the truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car that was also involved in the crash.

South bound lanes are open again, but north bound lanes remain closed. The CHP hopes to have all lanes reopened by 10am, but this is just an estimate.


(11:00 p.m.) At least nine people are dead and 32 have been injured after a Fed-ex truck collided with a tour bus carrying a group of high school students just after 5:40 p.m.

The bus driver, Fed-Ex truck driver and seven students are among the dead.

In addition to the fatalities, at least 32 people have been transported to area hospitals with injuries. Enloe Medical Center has received nine patients, one is in critical condition, two are in moderate condition, two have minor injuries while the condition of the others has not been released at this time. Shasta Regional has received two patients, one is unstable and the other is stable while Mercy Medical Center has received five patients all of whom are expected to survive.

The uninjured students have been transported to a station set up by the Red Cross at Monterey St and 3rd Street in Orland.

According to the Associated Press the bus and truck were on opposite sides of the freeway when the truck crossed a grass median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire.

There were 46 people on the bus, the students were traveling from Manual Arts High School and Robert F Kennedy high school in the Los Angeles area to visit Humboldt State University.

Humboldt State released the following statement on the accident:

Humboldt State University is getting word of an accident involving a charter bus that was bringing a group of prospective students to the university's April 12 Spring Preview Day. The bus collided with a FedEx truck. HSU is working to find out more information, which will be posted here when available. Parents and family members of students who were on the bus may contact University Police for more information or guidance at (707) 826-5555. You can read more from Humboldt State here.

Governor Jerry Brown also released a statement:

“Anne and I extend our heartfelt and deep sympathies to the families, friends and loved ones of those who died in the tragic accident near Orland this evening," California Gov. Jerry Brown said in an emailed statement. "As we mourn the loss of those who died, we join all Californians in expressing our gratitude for the tireless work of the Red Cross and emergency personnel who responded bravely to this terrible tragedy."

Drivers should continue to avoid the area if possible. According to the California Highway Patrol I-5 northbound will not re-open until at least 7:00 a.m. while southbound lanes will be re-open sometime between 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but the National Transportation Safety Board is on the scene conducting an investigation.


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