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Tour bus headed to Humboldt State crashes, 9 dead, 35 injured

GLENN COUNTY, Calif.  —At least nine people are confirmed dead after a fiery crash involving a bus and a FedEx truck in Northern California.

The charter bus was carrying high school students from the Los Angeles area for a campus tour of Humboldt State University.

California Highway Patrol says the FedEx truck and the bus collided and both vehicles burst into flames in Orland near highway 32.

Interstate-5 was closed to traffic in both directions.

At least 35 people have been hospitalized.


Message from HSU President Rollin Richmond:

Dear Friends,

Humboldt State University is deeply saddened by a tragic accident that occurred earlier this evening involving a charter bus filled with prospective students. They were on their way to visit campus for the April 11 Spring Preview event.

Our hearts go out to those who have been affected, and we are here to support them, and their families, in any way possible.

The bus was travelling on Interstate 5 near Orland when it collided with a FedEx truck. We are in contact with law enforcement in the area, and are being told of multiple injuries.

Families of students who may have been affected may contact University Police for more information or guidance at (707) 826-5555.


Rollin C. Richmond