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Tragic bus accident leaves 10 dead and many injured

A tragic accident last week involving a FedEx truck and a motor coach resulted in 10 fatalities. Five high school students, three chaperones, one of whom was a newlywed from Orange County, and both drivers were killed in the collision. Dozens more were injured, including several who were hospitalized.  

The fatal truck accident occurred when the FedEx tractor-trailer, which had been traveling south, crossed the Interstate 5 median into oncoming northbound traffic, sideswiping a sedan, and ultimately slamming into the bus. The bus was carrying 44 Southern California high school students who were on their way to tour a college campus.  

A woman who was riding in the sedan that was sideswiped said she saw flames around the cab of the truck before its impact with her vehicle. A spokesperson from the National Transportation Safety Board said that it could not currently corroborate that the truck was on fire before the accident. There were apparently no visible signs that the truck driver attempted to hit his brakes before the impact.  

The investigation is still underway.  More witnesses are being sought and there are plans to do tests to determine whether the truck driver experienced smoke inhalation prior to his death. Other factors that may be considered are whether the FedEx driver fell asleep or suffered a health problem prior to crossing the median.

The ongoing investigation is expected to address the cause of the crash, as well as evaluate the fire suppression systems and evacuation routes on the bus.

Victims of tragic accidents such as this and their families often need to seek legal advice to help them understand their rights while they seek justice and cope with the severity of the situation. 

Source: Fox News, “NTSB says it can’t corroborate truck fire claim in deadly California crash,” April 13, 2014

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