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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Ten killed and 32 injured in Californian school bus inferno

Published 11/04/2014|12:37

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Massive flames are seen devouring both vehicles just after the crash, and clouds of smoke billowed into the sky  Thursday April 10, 2014 until firefighters had quenched the fire, leaving behind scorched black hulks of metal. The FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median in Northern California and slammed into the bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college. At least nine were killed in the fiery crash, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett)
Massive flames are seen devouring both vehicles just after the crash
California Highway Patrol officer Tracy Hoover surveys the wreckage at the scene of a collision of a tractor-trailer and a tour bus on Interstate 5 near Highway 32 near Orland, California, April 10, 2014. The tractor-trailer slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students in northern California on Thursday, killing at least nine people and injuring 32, the California Highway Patrol said. Fran Clader, CHP spokeswoman, said the driver of the FedEx truck lost control of the vehicle, crossed over a divider on Interstate 5 and crashed first into a car and then the tour bus.  REUTERS/Dan  Reidel/Chico Enterprise Record/Handout via Reuters   (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT EDUCATION) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT.THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
California Highway Patrol officer Tracy Hoover surveys the wreckage
Rescue workers, police and firefighters work the scene where nine people were killed in a three-vehicle crash involving a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college, Thursday, April 10, 2014, near Orland, Calif. Authorities said it is not yet clear what caused the crash but that it involved a tour bus, a FedEx truck and a Nissan Altima. (AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Greg Barnette)
Rescue workers, police and firefighters work the scene

Ten people have been killed in a fiery crash involving a school bus in northern California.

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Five teenagers and three adult chaperones were killed along with the drivers of a delivery truck and a charter bus carrying the high school students on a college visit, the California Highway Patrol said.

Officers said the bus and truck were on opposite sides of Interstate 5 near Orland, north of Sacramento, when the truck crossed a grass central reservation and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire.

Investigators say the truck driver might have been trying to avoid a car that was also involved in the crash.

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