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California bus crash: 9 dead in three-car crash, high school students on bus

Nine are dead after a horrific crash in Northern California.
Nine are dead after a horrific crash in Northern California.
Dan Reisel - The Chico Enterprise Record

Nine people are dead and as many as 50 were injured when a California bus crash occurred on I-5. NBC Los Angeles reported on Thursday, April 10, 2014, that the tour bus was carrying Los Angeles-area high school students in Northern California as they were heading for a visit and tour of Humboldt State University, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A section of Interstate 5 was closed in both directions after the crash happened and the bus burst into flames after colliding with other vehicles. Traffic was being diverted onto state roads.

It has been reported that a FedEx truck was heading southbound on I-5 when it crossed the center line and into oncoming traffic and hit the bus. It has been reported that a Nissan Altima was also in in the California bus crash, but it has not been specifically reported as to how it was involved.

The accident was first reported at 5:41 p.m. near the town of Orland, which is close to 100 miles north of Sacramento.

The tour bus was carrying 46 people on board, mostly the high school students, but also some chaperons.

After the collision, witnesses said that the bus immediately burst into flames. Officers have confirmed that nine people are dead, but more are unaccounted for.

The identities of those killed have not been released as of yet.

One family member has said that the bus was filled with students from different high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. That includes at least one student from Robert F. Kennedy High School.

Another parent has said that her daughter was a student at Norte Vista High School in Riverside, California, but she wasn't sure if she was on the same bus.

For those that may be concerned or wondering about the safety or condition of students, please contact University Police at 707-826-5555.

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