Ten dead after bus owned by SLO company crashes
April 11, 2014
A tour bus owned by a San Luis Obispo company crashed on Interstate 5 in Northern California Thursday evening, killing 10 people and hospitalized 35. [KSBY]
The bus was carrying high school students from the Los Angeles area to Humboldt State University for a campus tour. The crash occurred around 5:40 p.m. near Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento.
A FedEx delivery truck heading in the opposite direction on the freeway crossed a grass median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and a fire, according to the California Highway Patrol. The truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car, which also ended up in the collision.
Bus company Silverado Stages, which owns the tour bus involved in the crash, is based in San Luis Obispo and runs buses to Hearst Castle. It also contracts with Amtrak. The company issued a statement Thursday.
“We take the most extensive actions possible to ensure the safety of our passengers, and all of our drivers, and this is never a call that you want to get,” Silverado Stages said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured, their families and everyone affected by this accident.”
Both the drivers of the tour bus and the FedEx truck died in the crash. The Red Cross in Orland is providing aid to the survivors.