Seven of the 10 people who died in a fiery bus California bus crash in April survived the crash initially but then died of smoke inhalation, the Coroner of Glenn County, Calif., found.
The April 10 crash occurred in the Northern California city of Orland when a FedEx truck veered off the highway and collided with a charter bus full of college-bound students. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators said the FedEx truck was traveling south on Interstate 5 when it veered left and crossed a 58-foot-wide median before entering oncoming traffic.
The FedEx truck swiped a Nissan sedan with two passengers who were not seriously injured. It then collided with the bus and the two vehicles erupted in fire. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames when rescuers reached them.
The collision killed five Southern California students, three adult chaperones, the bus driver, and the driver of the FedEx truck. According to the Glenn County Coroner’s Office, two of those killed died of trauma sustained in the crash, seven died from smoke-related asphyxiation, and one died of fire-related injuries later at UC Davis, where he was taken for treatment.
More than 30 other passengers were also injured to varying degrees in the crash, the NTSB reported.
The five students killed in the crash were among a larger group of five Los Angeles-area students heading to Humboldt University in Arcata, Calif., for a weekend tour of the campus.
FedEx faces a mounting number of wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuits filed by passengers injured in the crash and the families of some of those who were killed.
The NTSB hasn’t determined what caused the crash. According to Reuters, the agency has reported that “the driver of the FedEx truck had driven more than 350 miles and worked over seven hours towing two semi-trailers before ramming the tour bus full of students,” suggesting that fatigue could have played a role in the crash.