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Investigations Continue into California Bus Crash

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Investigators are still trying to piece together the events leading up to a fatal bus crash in Northern California that left 10 people dead last week. According to federal officials, it could be months before a final accident report is issued.

New Findings in California Bus Crash

Over the weekend, investigators worked their way through conflicting eye witness reports and new evidence as part of an ongoing probe to determine what caused a FedEx truck to drift across the median of a California highway and crash into a tour bus carrying 44 students to Humboldt State University.

A couple whose Nissan Altima was sideswiped by the FedEx truck told investigators that the freight truck was on fire before the collision, but a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced Sunday that there was no physical evidence of fire before the impact.

What officials have determined is that no skid marks were left by the FedEx truck on the roadway or the median. By comparison, the tour bus left roughly 145 feet of tire marks indicating that the driver of the bus attempted to stop the vehicle and swerved to the right.

While it is still too early to determine what caused the FedEx driver to veer across the median, investigators have ordered tests to see whether the driver had alcohol, drugs or any medications in his system. The name of the truck driver has not been released and the bus driver has not been identified.

Investigation Could Take Months

While a preliminary report is expected to be released within the next 30 days, the NTSB reports that it could be months before a final report for the accident is issued.

It was reported by the LA Times on Monday that investigations into the accident will be moved to Los Angeles. Investigators are currently planning meetings with Silverado Stages, the company that owned and operated the bus involved in the accident, and will continue to interview witnesses, including students who survived of the fiery accident.

On Sunday, Mark Rosekind, a member of the NTSB, indicated that the agency is focusing their attention on “fatigue, distraction and other human performance issues.” The driver had taken a load of freight to a town near the Oregon border earlier that day and was on his way back to Sacramento when the accident occurred.


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