There’s very tragic news coming out of California this morning.
Ten people have been killed as a result of a FedEx truck that crossed a grassy median and slammed head-on into a bus carrying students, according to authorities. The collision took place at around 5:30 p.m. last night, and five students, three chaperones, and both drivers were the ones who lost their lives, said Bruce Carpenter with the California Highway Patrol.
As a result of the crash, there was a fire that engulfed the bus and truck in flames, spewing black smoke into the sky.
The reason the FedEx truck crossed the freeway median is currently under investigation, and it might be under investigation for months.
Authorities have said that more than 30 people have been taken to the hospital.
The bus was bringing high school students from various areas in Los Angeles-area schools to visit Humboldt State University in Arcata. The collision happened in Orland, which is approximately 100 miles north of Sacramento.
Jonathan Gutierrez, one of the survivors, talked about his experience on Twitter:
“I was asleep and next thing you know I was jumping out for my life.”
He had suffered scratches, a cut eyebrow, and bruises. He later said that his left leg had been injured to the point where he couldn’t walk.
“All my stuff that I packed is burned. I’m beyond thankful that I’m still here” he also tweeted.
The University said this in a prepared statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragic accident on I-5 in California. We are cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate,” FedEx spokeswoman Bonnie Kourvelas said.
Before crashing into the bus, the truck had sideswiped another car. The two occupants in that vehicle weren’t seriously injured but were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Our hearts go out to everyone that was affected in this situation and their loved ones.