10 Confirmed Fatalities in California Charted Bus Crash
Details of the Bus Crash
Preliminary reports say a FedEx truck crossed the Interstate 5 divider, side-swiped a car and crashed head-on into a chartered bus carrying prospective college students. The bus caught on fire, creating confusion and panic among the students as heavy smoke filled the bus. Students told reporters that people climbed through broken windows to escape the burning bus.
Rescue workers attended students at the scene and at least 30 passengers were taken to area hospitals to be treated for a variety of injuries including burns, head lacerations and broken bones. The 10 killed in the crash include the drivers of both vehicles, three adult chaperones and five students.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the accident.
The bus was one of three chartered buses taking students for a campus tour of Humboldt State University.
Large Truck Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,921 people were killed in crashed involving large trucks in 2012. Another 104,000 people were injured in accidents with large trucks that same year. In both cases, the majority (73%) of people killed or injured were occupants of other vehicles.
In 2012, California had the second highest number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes out of the U.S., accounting for 6.4% of all fatal large truck crashes. Texas was the only state with more fatal truck crashes that year.