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5 months ago

Driver in deadly bus crash in Northern California identified

Family members have identified the bus driver killed in Northern California last week as Talaleilei Lealao-Taiao. She was driving prospective college students to Humboldt State in when a FedEX truck crossed the grassy median on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif and hit the bus head on. 10 people were killed in the crash and dozens of others injured. Family members gave Lealo-Taiao's name to KCRA-TV in Sacramento, and the CEO of the charter bus company confirmed her name to KSBY. The driver of the FedEx truck was Tim Evans, 32. The charter bus company, Silverado Stages Inc., is based out of San Luis Obispo. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the NTSB.
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5 months ago

Truck driver in deadly California crash identified

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A family member has identified the driver of a FedEx truck that slammed into a charter bus carrying California high school students to a college tour, killing 10 people.

The Sacramento Bee reports that 32-year-old Tim Evans of Elk Grove was driving the FedEx tractor-trailor that veered into oncoming traffic on Interstate 5 on Thursday.

Debbie Otto, the stepmother of Evans' wife, Candice, told the newspaper her son-in-law was among the people killed in the fiery collision in Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento.

Otto described Evans as a "kind, caring and unbelievably happy man" who had been driving professionally for several years. He grew up in Sacramento and had two young daughters.

Otto says the family is devastated and wondering what could have caused the collision.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee.

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5 months ago

NTSB: No evidence of pre-impact fire in CA crash

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - Federal investigators say they haven't found any physical evidence that a FedEx truck was on fire before it slammed into a bus carrying high school students, killing 10 people in Northern California.

National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said Sunday that investigators are not ruling out a pre-impact fire, but they did not find any physical evidence at the crash scene.

Investigators said Saturday they were looking into a driver's claim that the FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened out of control across a freeway median on Interstate 5 in Glenn County.

The bus was carrying Southern California high school students to a campus tour of Humboldt State University.

Five students, three adult chaperones and both drivers died in Thursday's collision in Orland, a small city about 100 miles north of Sacramento.

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5 months ago

Couple says truck on fire before deadly bus crash

A couple involved in the Northern California crash that killed 10 people say a tractor-trailer already was on fire as it came across a median.

Joe and Bonnie Duran were driving a sedan northbound on the 5 Freeway on Thursday when they said a FedEx truck heading south careened toward them, sideswiped their vehicle and crashed into the oncoming bus carrying high school students. The bus and truck quickly were engulfed in flames.

Bonnie Duran told KNBC-TV in Los Angeles that flames were coming from the lower rear of the truck.

KNBC reported the Durans will be interviewed Saturday by the California Highway Patrol before flying home to suburban Seattle.

Investigators have not mentioned the possibility the truck was on fire before the crash. Police also initially said the sedan and truck were traveling in the same direction.

Five students from the Los Angeles area, three chaperones and the truck and bus drivers died.

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5 months ago

Twin among 10 dead in California bus, truck crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A family member has conifirmed that one of the twin sisters who was on a bus involved in an explosive freeway collision in Northern California is among the 10 dead.

The brother of Marisa Serrato says medical examiners confirmed her death Friday through dental records.

Miguel Serrato says the 17-year-old's identical twin, Marisa, is devastated.

Both girls left their Riverside home Thursday and traveled in separate buses carrying high school students from Southern California to tour Humboldt State University.

Marisa was on the bus was collided with a FedEx tractor-trailer on Interstate 5 near Orland, a small city about 100 miles north of Sacramento.

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5 months ago

Solemn day at Silverado after loss of bus driver

A day after a tragic Northern California bus crash claimed 10 lives, some charter bus company employees sigh they're "okay," putting on brave faces in the wake of tragedy.

"Today is just as rough as yesterday," Silverado Stages CEO Mike Vodarsik, who says he barely slept, therefore being unable to wake up from the nightmare that occurred Thursday evening.

Investigators say a FedEx truck crossed the center grass median on Interstate-5 and hit a tour bus carrying high school students from the Los Angeles area on their way to a campus tour of Humboldt State University. It happened just after 5:40 p.m. on Thursday in Orland, about 20 miles from Chico.

10 people, including both drivers, were killed and 35 others hospitalized after the truck hit the tour bus head on.

The tour bus is owned by Silverado Stages Inc., headquartered in San Luis Obispo and which runs buses to Hearst Castle and for Amtrak.

A day after the fiery crash, Silverado is open and operating.

"It's a very sad day," Vodarsik said. "It's not a good time for anyone involved with this accident."

Vodarsik says to his knowledge the 24-year-old company had not had a single passenger injury to report until Thursday's crash. One of his top priorities now is taking care of the Silverado employees, who Vodarsik refers to as family.

"We have a very close-knit group of people, and we're making every effort we can to be in touch with the appropriate parties from our end," Vodarsik said.

The identity of the bus driver has not yet been released yet. In the meantime, Silverado Stages is cooperating with investigators on analyzing what happened during the crash.

"We're focused on the families, the victims, our family," Vodarsik said. "And we're working with the authorities for as long as it needs to be."

5 months ago

Recently engaged LA couple among bus crash dead


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The 10 people killed in a Northern California bus crash included a Los Angeles couple recently engaged in Paris.

Debra Loyd confirmed for The Associated Press on Friday the death of her grandson Michael Myvett and his fiancee, Mattison Haywood. The two were chaperones on the bus carrying high school students to Humboldt State University when it was hit by a FedEx tractor trailer Thursday night.

A spokeswoman for the Center for Autism & Related Disorders in Southern California says Myvett provided therapy for autistic children there for the past two years.

Spokeswoman Stacey Price says Myvett proposed to Haywood in Paris in December.

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5 months ago

Investigators probe deadly bus crash

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) - At least four survivors of yesterday's deadly bus crash in northern California are hospitalized in critical condition.

Eleven people were taken to a hospital in Chico, where two were listed in critical condition this morning. At least seven people were hospitalized elsewhere, and two of them are critical.

The crash left 10 people dead, including nine people on board the bus -- which was taking high school students to visit the campus of Humboldt State University. In addition to the drivers of the truck and the bus, the victims included five teenage students and three adult chaperones.

A sheriff says most of those who died were found on the ground in front of the bus or in the front portion of the bus. He says identifying the victims might require the use of dental records or DNA.

Investigators say the bus and truck were on opposite sides of the freeway when the truck crossed the median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire. They say the truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car that was also involved in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate.

The 44 teens who were on the bus -- nearly half from Los Angeles -- were taking part in a program in which prospective low-income or first-generation college students are invited to visit the campus.

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5 months ago

Cause of deadly California bus crash unknown

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says it does not yet know what caused a FedEx tractor-trailer to veer across a grassy highway median and slam into a bus, killing 10 people.

Lt. Scott Fredrick said at a news conference Friday that investigators will try to determine whether the FedEx driver fell asleep, experienced mechanical failure or lost control because of a separate collision on the southbound side of the freeway. It also will probe roadway and weather conditions.

The investigation could take as long as six months.

The bus was carrying more than 40 high school students on their way to visit Humboldt State University when it was struck by the FedEx tractor-trailer Thursday.

The crash occurred on Interstate 5 in Orland, a city about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco.

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5 months ago

List of high schools in deadly California bus trip

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A FedEx tractor-trailer crossed over a grassy median on a Northern California freeway and slammed into a bus carrying 44 high school students from Southern California in an explosive crash that left 10 people dead, authorities said.

The students on a trip to visit Humboldt State University came from 43 high schools in and around Los Angeles, according to the university, which provided this list.

- La Sierra High

- Adolfo Camarillo High

- Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech

- Ulysses S. Grant Senior High

- Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

- Oxnard High

- Century High

- Eastside High

- John C. Fremont Senior High

- El Monte High

- West Ranch High

- School for the Visual Arts and

- Environmental Charter

- Manual Arts Senior High

- Burroughs High

- Mayfair High

- Phineas Banning Senior High

- Carson Senior High

- Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academy

- California Academy of Mathematics

- Pacifica High

- Pioneer High

- Century High

- Animo Inglewood Charter High

- Phineas Banning Senior High

- Norte Vista High

- Alliance Media Arts and Entert

- Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High

- Renaissance Arts Academy

- Polytechnic High

- Valhalla High

- Gompers Preparatory Academy

- Animo Inglewood Charter High

- Woodrow Wilson Senior High

- Middle College High

- Woodrow Wilson Senior High

- Palm Desert High

- Animo Jackie Robinson Charter

- Downey High

- Loara High

- Marshall Fundamental

- Norte Vista High

- Pomona Senior High

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5 months ago

Bus in crash carried underrepresented students


ORLAND, Calif. (AP) - Officials say the high school students involved in a deadly bus crash on a Northern California freeway were participating in a program that invites low-income or first-generation students to visit Humboldt State University.

Humboldt State officials say the bus was among three they had chartered as part of the university's two-day Preview Plus program. Two of the buses were from the Los Angeles area. The other was from the Fresno area.

The program was scheduled to start Friday.

One of the buses was hit by a FedEx tractor-trailer on Thursday afternoon, killing 10 people.

Humboldt State officials say the other two buses made it to campus. The university is providing those students with counseling.

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5 months ago

10 killed as bus, truck carrying students collide

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says the drivers of a FedEx delivery truck and a charter bus carrying high school students on a college visit are among the 10 people who were killed in a fiery crash on a Northern California interstate.

In addition to both drivers, the patrol says three adult chaperones and five teenage students were killed in the crash Thursday on Interstate 5 near Orland. Their identities haven't been released.

The patrol says the bus and truck were on opposite sides of the freeway when the truck crossed a grass median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire.

Investigators say the truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car that was also involved in the crash.

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5 months ago

Silverado Stages Inc. issues statement on deadly bus crash

Silverado Stages Inc., the San Luis Obispo based bus company that owned the bus involved in a deadly crash on Interstate 5 Thursday, issued a statement regarding the accident.

The company told KSBY, "We take the most extensive actions possible to ensure the safety of our passengers, and all of our drivers, and this is never a call that you want to get. It's a rough night for everybody in the Silverado family. Silverado Stages is helping the authorities in gathering information regarding the tragic accident that occurred Thursday evening. Our top priority is making sure that the injured are being cared for. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured, their families, and everyone affected by this accident."

Several phone lines have been set up for people looking for more information on the accident.

Humboldt State University set up a phone line. Individuals are asked not to call unless it's absolutely necessary. The line is primarily for parents, families, and others who need information about their student. The Silverado Stages bus was carrying a group of prospective students to Humboldt State University for its Preview Plus Program. The Humboldt State University phone line is (707) 826-6327.

The Red Cross in Orland is providing aid, and the organization can be reached at (530) 514-9028. The California Highway Patrol is referring people to the Red Cross phone number.

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10 killed in Northern California crash involving bus owned by SLO-based company

10 people, including two drivers, were killed and 35 others were hospitalized after a tour bus owned by a San Luis Obispo-based company crashed on Interstate 5 in Northern California Thursday evening.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash happened just after 5:40 p.m. in Orland, which is about 20 miles from Chico.

Investigators say a FedEx truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car that was also involved in the crash.

The tour bus is owned by Silverado Stages Inc., which runs buses to Hearst Castle and for Amtrak.

The CHP says preliminary reports indicate the FedEx truck was traveling south and drifted into I-5's northbound lanes and hit the bus head on.

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

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9 killed in three-vehicle crash

ORLAND, Calif. - Authorities say nine people have been killed in a three-vehicle crash that has shut down north- and south-bound traffic on Interstate 5.

California Highway Patrol dispatcher Curtis Pahlka says authorities received a report of the crash at 5:41 p.m. Thursday.

Pahlka says it is not yet clear what caused the crash but that it involved a tour bus, a FedEx truck and a Nissan Altima.

The northbound lane of Interstate 5 was closed at 5:46 p.m., and the southbound lane was closed at 6:30 p.m.

KCRA-TV is reporting the tour bus has a Silverado Stages Inc. decal. That company is based out of San Luis Obispo.

No further details were immediately available about the identities of the dead.

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