One of three buses filled with prospective college students from Southern California was hit by a FedEx big rig on Thursday, April 10, on the 5 Freeway about 100 miles north of Sacramento.
Nine people were declared dead at the scene, in the small city of Orland. Of the 48 people on the bus, 31 people were hospitalized, one of whom later died, authorities said.
Five of those killed in the fiery collision were students and three were chaperones, according to CHP Lt. Bruce Carpenter. The drivers of both the bus and the big rig were also killed, Carpenter said.
The buses were headed to Humboldt State University, which organized the trip.
The university, which is located in the coastal city of Arcata, released the following list of high schools attended by students who were involved in the crash:
La Sierra High
Adolfo Camarillo High
Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech
Ulysses S. Grant Senior High
John C. Fremont Senior High
El Monte High
West Ranch High
School for the Visual Arts and Environmental Charter
Manual Arts Senior High
Carson Senior High
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academy
California Academy of Mathematics
Phineas Banning Senior High
Norte Vista High
Alliance Media Arts and Entert
Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High
Renaissance Arts Academy
Gompers Preparatory Academy
Animo Inglewood Charter High
Middle College High
Woodrow Wilson Senior High
Palm Desert High
Animo Jackie Robinson Charter
Pomona Senior High
One of the dead was Arthur Arzola, a Humboldt State admission officer for the Los Angeles area, the university said.
Nineteen students from approximately 16 Los Angeles Unified schools were involved in the crash, Senior Deputy Superintendent Michelle King said at morning news conference in Northern California.
Earlier, the district had said 15 schools had students involved. Those high school campuses were: San Fernando, Dorsey, Fremont, City of Angels, Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Manual Arts, Banning, Carson, Chavez, Diego Rivera, Belmont, Wilson, Chatsworth, Jefferson and Middle College.
LAUSD families seeking more information can contact school mental health at 213-241-3841, King said.
Three students from Alvord Unified in Riverside were on the bus that crash, Superintendent Sid Salazar said. Of two who were hospitalized, one has been released, he said.
Salazar had no information on the third student. The Alvord Unified students were from La Sierra and Norte Vista high schools, he said.
One student from West Ranch High in Santa Clarita was on the bus and was resting with family in Northern California, a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union School District stated Friday afternoon.
One student from Pasadena Unified’s Marshall Fundamental School survived the crash with leg injuries, the district said in a statement.
Two Long Beach Unified students — one from California Academy of Mathematics and Science and one from Polytechnic High — sustained injures that were not life threatening, a district spokesman said.
From El Monte Union High School District, three students were on the bus. Two were hospitalized and one was unaccounted for, Superintendent Nick Salerno said.
The unaccounted-for student was Adrian Castro, Salerno confirmed. His family had been asked to help identify a body that might be Castro’s, Salero said.
Two Oxnard Unified students were on the bus but were not injured, a district spokeswoman said. One was from Oxnard High and one was from Adolfo Camarillo High, she said.
A student at Burroughs High School in Burbank was also injured, her father told KTLA.
Two Century High School students from Santa Ana Unified were on the bus but only had minor injuries, the school district announced Friday afternoon.
Two students from the L.A.-based charter school group Alliance Charter-Ready Public Schools were on the bus and suffered minor injuries, the organization said in an email.