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NTSB issues preliminary report on deadly bus crash
ORLAND- The National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary report on the deadly crash between a FedEx truck and a charter bus that occurred earlier this month in Northern California.
Ten people were killed when a FedEx truck collided with a charter bus taking dozens of high school students on a visit to Humboldt State University.
The NTSB's report outlines events that lead to the crash. According to the report, the FedEx truck was towing two 28-foot trailers and traveling southbound on I-5 when it crossed a 58-foot-wide center median and crashed through bushes before entering the northbound lanes.
The FedEx truck first collided with a car that had passed the bus, then hit the bus. The report says that a "post-crash fired ensued." A witness account had suggested the FedEx truck was already on fire when it struck the bus, but the NTSB report does not support that account.
The report also says the FedEx truck left a FedEx building in Sacramento that morning before arriving in Weeds, California to deliver two trailers. The driver picked up two more trailers and was heading back to Sacramento at the time of the crash.
The report does not shed light into why the FedEx truck driver crossed the median before slamming into the bus.
The final report isn't expected to be finished for months.