By ABC NEWS
A FedEx truck collided with a charter bus carrying students in California Thursday, killing nine people and injuring dozens of others, authorities say.
The accident happened on Interstate 5 near Orland, Glenn County, in the northern part of the state. The FedEx truck crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a northbound Nissan Altima before colliding with the bus, California Highway Patrol officials told ABC News. Flames engulfed the bus and truck, sending thick plumes of black smoke upward, the vehicles reduced to charred husks.
The bus was carrying prospective students to a spring preview day at Humboldt State University. The university released a statement about the accident, writing, “Our hearts go out to those who have been affected, and we are here to support them, and their families, in any way possible.”
Some of the students in the crash attend Los Angeles Unified School District, school officials said.
FedEx has pledged full cooperation with the investigation.
California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. expressed sympathy in a statement.
“As we mourn the loss of those who died, we join all Californians in expressing our gratitude for the tireless work of the Red Cross and emergency personnel who responded bravely to this terrible tragedy,” Brown said.
The highway remains closed. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are expected to arrive at the scene Friday.