9 Dead in Bus Crash; LA-Area High School Students on Board

At least nine people — including seven teenagers — were killed on Thursday evening when a tour bus carrying Los Angeles-area high school students crashed in Northern California, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The students were set to visit Humboldt State University for a college tour.

The tour bus collided with a FedEx truck and Nissan Altima on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif., about 5:40 p.m., CHP officials said. 

The nine fatalities included the tour bus driver, the FedEx truck driver and seven high school students, CHP officials said.

The FedEx truck was heading south when it crossed the center line and hit the bus head-on, CHP officials said. The reason the FedEx crashed or how the Nissan Altima was involved was not clear.

The bus belonged to Silverado Stages, a tour bus company based out of San Luis Obispo. At least 46 people were on board, mostly students and chaperones, CHP officials said.

The group was heading to the university’s Spring Preview Day this weekend, school officials said in a statement.

One family member told NBC4 Southern California the tour bus was filled with students from various schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, including at least one Robert F. Kennedy High School student.


Another parent said her daughter was a student at Norte Vista High School in Riverside but wasn’t sure if she was on the same bus.

It was not immediately clear if any of the students were victims in the crash.

Parents and family members of students who were on the bus may contact university police for more information at 707-826-5555.

Orland is about 480 miles north of Los Angeles, and 150 miles north of San Francisco.

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