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Red Cross Establishes Hotline for Those Impacted by Orland Bus Crash

The American Red Cross established a hotline for anyone impacted by a crash in Northern California that killed 10 people, including five prospective college students from the Los Angeles area, according to a statement issued Saturday.

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Witness Bonnie Duran, whose car was hit by the FedEx truck, took this picture from the scene in Orland, Calif., on April 10, 2014. (Credit: Bonnie Duran)

The Red Cross expressed their condolences and stated that callers would be connected to local Red Cross chapters and resources, according to the statement.

“Red Cross caseworkers will be available to meet with families who may need mental health support or counseling, assistance with travel or transportation expenses, and who may have incurred significant expenses related to this accident,” according to the statement.

Red Cross chapters across Southern California planned to work with affected school districts and community organizations.

Those impacted by the crash could call 1-800-540-2000.

The crash occurred around 5:40 p.m. Thursday on the 5 Freeway near the small town of Orland, when a FedEx truck driving southbound crossed the median for unknown reasons and crashed into two vehicles, officials said at the time.

One of the vehicles was a bus carrying 44 students from the LA area, the California Highway Patrol stated.

Five students, three chaperones, and the drivers of the bus and FedEx truck died, according to the CHP.