CNN is reporting that a total of 10 people have passed away due to the Fed-Ex big rig truck crash with the bus in Orland, California yesterday. The fatalities from the Northern California bus crash include the drivers of both the FedEx truck and the bus that was carrying students to visit Humboldt State University.
In addition to the drivers, five high school students were killed in this tragic accident, as well as three people who were chaperones for the students. Reports indicate that the students were in a program designed for disadvantaged high school students, from families with low incomes or would be first generation college attendees. Some of the students on the bus were from the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The California Highway Patrol has not yet determined what caused the Fed-Ex big rig truck to cross over the highway median on I-5 and crash head on into the passenger bus. In addition to the fatalities from this California bus crash, over 30 people were taken to hospitals with truck crash injuries.
KTLA 5 News is reporting that 19 of the students on the bus were from Los Angeles and the students came from 15 different Los Angeles high schools, including: “Banning, Belmont, Carson, Chatsworth, Chavez, City of Angels, Diego Rivera, Dorsey, Fremont, Jefferson, Manual Arts, Middle College, Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, San Fernando and Wilson.” It is not yet known if any of the Los Angeles students were among the fatalities.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be sending a team of investigators to examine what contributed to causing this terrible accident. Possible causes for this Fed-Ex truck crash include driver error, road hazards, faulty maintenance, a truck defect or a defective roadway condition. Hopefully the NTSB and the California Highway Patrol are able to determine the exact cause, to help bring closure to the families.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased and we wish a speedy recovery to those that were injured in this accident. If anyone needs to discuss their legal rights with an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer, our firm and lawyers are available for a completely free conversation and consultation.