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Majority of Victims in California Bus Crash Died of Smoke Inhalation

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

The Glenn County Coroner’s Office has released a report indicating that most of the 10 people killed in a fiery bus crash in April died of smoke inhalation.

Details of the Coroner’s Report

According to the Los Angeles Times, the coroner’s report states that seven of those killed when a FedEx truck lost control and slammed into a bus in Northern California died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation. Two others reportedly died of trauma sustained in the collision and a final victim died of burn injuries.

The bus was carrying 47 passengers, most of which were high school students on their way to a college recruitment event at Humboldt State University.

Five of those killed were students from Sothern California high schools and three were adult chaperons. The drivers of the FedEx truck and the charter bus were also killed, and the last victim was a 26-year-old college recruiter.

NTSB Investigates the California Bus Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident and released a preliminary report in April.

Records show that the FedEx driver had driven over 350 miles and worked over seven hours hauling to semi-trailers before the accident occurred.

As the truck traveled south along Interstate 5, it began to drift to the left, crossing the 58-foot-wide median before merging into oncoming traffic. The truck side-swiped a Nissan sedan, injuring both passengers, before colliding with the bus – both the truck and the bus were engulfed in flames.

15 lawsuits have been filed against FedEx and the charter bus company, Silverado Stages Inc., in connection to the crash.


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