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Orland bus crash: NTSB releases preliminary report

A bus involved in the April 10 deadly crash is loaded on to a truck at the scene on April 11, 2014  in Orland, California. Ten people were killed and dozens injured, including four still in critical condition, after a FedEx truck collided with a bus of high school students on Interstate 5. The students were on their way to visit Humboldt State University in Northern California.
A bus involved in the April 10 deadly crash is loaded on to a truck at the scene on April 11, 2014 in Orland, California. Ten people were killed and dozens injured, including four still in critical condition, after a FedEx truck collided with a bus of high school students on Interstate 5. The students were on their way to visit Humboldt State University in Northern California.
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The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Friday with some details on the fatal crash between a FedEx truck and a bus that was transporting high school students to a Humboldt State University preview weekend.

The FedEx truck, described as a 2007 Volvo truck tractor in combination with two 28-foot trailers, departed from Sacramento at about 10 a.m. and delivered two trailers to Weeds, California.

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The 2014 Setra motorcoach carrying the students made a scheduled stop in Sacramento, where a replacement driver took over operation of the vehicle.

“At about 3:30 p.m., the driver [of the FedEx truck] picked up two other 28-foot trailers and was en route back to Sacramento when the accident occurred,” the report said.

NTSB confirmed that the FedEx truck departed the I-5 southbound traffic lanes, drove across the 58-foot wide center median and collided on the I-5 northbound with a white 2013 Nissan Altima four-door passenger car before hitting the motorcoach.

NTSB provided no details as to why the FedEx truck veered off the freeway. 

See the preliminary report below. 

NTSB Orland crash