ARCATA- Friday marks one year since the bus accident that killed 10 people and affected the lives of many at Humboldt State University. On Friday night, a vigil was held in honor of the victims of that crash.
The charter bus was transporting high school students for a campus tour of HSU on Interstate 5 near Orland when it collided with a FedEx truck and burst into flames. Ten people were killed and 34 hospitalized as a result of the accident. Following the crash, more than 600 donors made contributions in memory of the victims. HSU was able to grant 24 scholarships to the survivors who enrolled at HSU with those funds. On Friday evening, HSU hosted a commemorative vigil, where the bell was rang 10 times for the victims during the moment of silence. Administrators also introduced a dedication plague outside Founders Hall for the people killed in the crash.
"It's an important occasion to remember both the lives that were lost and the way in which our university and our community continue and to honor the people who were involved and the bravery and the courage of the students who survived the accident and how many of them chose to come here and have become part of our university community," said Lisa Rossbacher, the President of HSU.