A fiery accident on Interstate 5 this afternoon involved a tour bus reportedly filled with high school students headed for Humboldt State University’s Spring Preview event.
At least nine people are believed to have been killed in the wreck, which occurred in city of Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacarmento, at about 5:40 p.m. when the bus collided with a FedEx truck. The crash is getting national attention from the likes of CNN
, the Los Angeles Times
, the New York Daily News
and USA Today
Humboldt State University President Rollin sent out a letter to faculty and students this afternoon saying the university is “deeply saddened” by the tragic accident and urging families of students who may have been aboard the bus to call the Univeristy Police Department.
The following is Richmond’s letter:
Humboldt State University is deeply saddened by a tragic accident that occurred earlier this evening involving a charter bus filled with prospective students. They were on their way to visit campus for the April 11 Spring Preview event.
Our hearts go out to those who have been affected, and we are here to support them, and their families, in any way possible.
The bus was travelling on Interstate 5 near Orland when it collided with a FedEx truck. We are in contact with law enforcement in the area, and are being told of multiple injuries.
Families of students who may have been affected may contact University Police for more information or guidance at (707) 826-5555.
Rollin C. Richmond