9 killed in I-5 collision in N. Calif.

ORLAND, Calif. - Students from the Los Angeles area were among a group aboard a bus that was involved in a fiery crash today that killed nine on Interstate 5 in the northern California community of Orland, west of Chico, while en route to a campus visit at Humboldt State University, according to news reports.
 
The crash was reported at 5:41 p.m. on the northbound side of the interstate near state Route 32, according to the California Highway Patrol.
 
Nine people were killed, according news reports that cited information from the CHP's Chico area office.
 
At least one student from a Los Angeles Unified School District high school was injured in the crash, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy told FOX11.
 
District officials were preparing to issue a statement on the crash, said LAUSD Public Information Officer Ellen Morgan.
 
The bus collided with a FedEx truck, according to a statement from Humboldt State University, which said the prospective students were en route to a spring preview day scheduled for Friday that was part of a two-day visit to the Arcata campus.
 
Families of students who may have been affected were advised to contact university police at (707) 826-5555 for more information or guidance.
 
The students were participants in the university-funded Preview Plus program, which brings low-income and first-generation prospective students from the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas to the campus, according to the Humboldt State University.

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