Investigators probe deadly bus crash


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ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — At least four survivors of yesterday's deadly bus crash in northern California are hospitalized in critical condition.

Eleven people were taken to a hospital in Chico, where two were listed in critical condition this morning. At least seven people were hospitalized elsewhere, and two of them are critical.

The crash left 10 people dead, including nine people on board the bus -- which was taking high school students to visit the campus of Humboldt State University. In addition to the drivers of the truck and the bus, the victims included five teenage students and three adult chaperones.

A sheriff says most of those who died were found on the ground in front of the bus or in the front portion of the bus. He says identifying the victims might require the use of dental records or DNA.

Investigators say the bus and truck were on opposite sides of the freeway when the truck crossed the median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire. They say the truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car that was also involved in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate.

The 44 teens who were on the bus -- nearly half from Los Angeles -- were taking part in a program in which prospective low-income or first-generation college students are invited to visit the campus.

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192-a-15-(Lieutenant Scott Fredrick, head of accident investigation team, California Highway Patrol, at news conference)-"involved NIssan Altima"-Lieutenant Scott Fredrick of the California Highway Patrol says all three vehicles in the crash will be checked for mechanical problems. (11 Apr 2014)

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193-a-15-(Lieutenant Scott Fredrick, head of accident investigation team, California Highway Patrol, at news conference)-"the investigation entails"-Lieutenant Scott Fredrick of the California Highway Patrol says it will take months to finish the investigation. (11 Apr 2014)

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189-a-13-(Commander Bruce Carpenter, California Highway Patrol, at news conference)-"accross the board"-Commander Bruce Carpenter of the California Highway Patrol says more than 30 crash victims were hospitalized with a variety of injuries. (11 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO CAJC113: Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones speaks at a news conference in Willows, Calif., Friday, April 11, 2014. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash between a FedEx truck and a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California College. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (11 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO CASAB201: Investigators search though the remains of a fiery crash on Interstate 5 in Orland, Calif., early Friday, April 11, 2014. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in Thursday's crash between a FedEx truck and a tour bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California college. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Hector Amezcua) MAGS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT (KCRA3, KXTV10, KOVR13, KUVS19, KMAZ31, KTXL40); MANDATORY CREDIT (11 Apr 2014)

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