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Students return to school after fatal crash in Irvine

5 teenagers were killed in the crash Saturday. A sixth survived as in stable condition at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
5 teenagers were killed in the crash Saturday. A sixth survived as in stable condition at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
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Students were greeted by grief counselors at Capistrano Valley High School Monday after a fatal crash killed several of their classmates Saturday. 

"It's a very emotional time for us," Capistrano Unified School District's Superintendent Julie Hatchel told KNBC. "These are students we've known since elementary school and have established deep relationships with."

The California Highway Patrol says the 16-year-old driver of the car that burst into flames early Saturday morning on the I-5 in Irvine, killing 5 teenagers, was not a licensed driver. The sole survivor, 16-year-old Bradley Morales, was recovering from surgery Sunday after suffering a large skull fracture and an epidural hematoma.

No witnesses had come forth as of Monday morning when investigators held a press conference in Santa Ana.  

"I really don't want to speculate what the parents knew or didn't know," said California Highway Patrol Chief John Antillon at the press conference. "All I know is that they've lost their children and our goal here is to try to determine what took place." 

Antillon said while the CHP knows that the car left the road, the goal is to determine why it did. 

"We are going to look at whether it was a driver error. Was it a mechanical malfunction? Was there something else that caused that car to leave the roadway," he said.