At least nine killed when truck slams into students’ bus in California

LOS ANGELES: A tractor-trailer slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students in northern California, killing at least nine people, including the truck driver, and injuring 32, the California Highway Patrol said.

Tracy Hoover, CHP spokeswoman, said the driver of the FedEx truck lost control of the vehicle, crossed over a divider on Interstate 5, side-swiped a car and then smashed head-on into the tour bus around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Apart from the driver, the bus was carrying between 44 and 48 students and three or four chaperones heading to Humboldt State University for a campus tour. The crash took place near the community of Orland, 95 miles (150 km) north of Sacramento.

The driver of the FedEx truck was killed, said CHP spokeswoman Lacey Heitman. The students were traveling from Los Angeles-area high schools.

Seven students on the bus were among the dead, a local ABC-affiliate reported.