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Nine killed when bus carrying high school students crashes in California

Source: Reuters - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:34 GMT
Author: Reuters
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(Updates with 9 killed, 32 injured)

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (Reuters) - At least nine people were killed and 32 injured on Thursday when a tour bus carrying high school students collided with a FedEx truck in Northern California, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) spokeswoman said.

The crash happened after the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle, crossed over a divider on Interstate 5, hit a passenger vehicle and then the tour bus, CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader said.

Clader said the bus was carrying high school students and other passengers to Humboldt State University for a tour. The crash took place near the community of Orland, about 95 miles (150 km) north of Sacramento.

She said 32 of the injured were taken to hospitals in the area. Their condition was not immediately known.

A spokeswoman for FedEx Corp said the company was aware of media reports that one of its trucks had crashed into a tour bus in California.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragic accident on I-5 in California," said spokeswoman Bonnie Kourvelas.

She said the condition of the truck's driver was unknown.

"We are cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate," Kourvelas said. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb and Eric Johnson; Editing by Paul Tait)

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