The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report detailing the series of events that led to a fiery collision between a FedEx truck and a tour bus filled with college-bound students on April 10, 2014. The collision killed eight of the bus passengers and the drivers of both the bus and the FedEx truck.
According to the report, a FedEx truck carrying two 28-foot trailers on the southbound I-5 freeway in Orland, California drove through a 58-foot wide center median and into the northbound lanes. Once the FedEx truck crossed onto the opposite side of the freeway, it collided with the left, rear side of a Nissan Altima that carried two people. The collision caused the Nissan to spin out off the freeway.
Shortly after colliding with the Nissan, the FedEx truck hit a tour bus carrying the bus driver, three adult chaperones, and 43 high school students. Both vehicles veered off the freeway and a post-crash fire ensued. The fire enveloped the FedEx truck and partially burned the tour bus.
The students hailed from several high schools in Los Angeles and were traveling as part of Humboldt University’s Preview Plus program. The program strives to introduce low-income or first-generation prospective college students to the university.
RFTM specializes in truck accident law and has resolved several notable cases stemming from serious truck collisions. Recently, partner Tim Tietjen successfully resolved over 150 claims stemming from a tunnel fire in Los Angeles caused by a speeding truck. Tim was able to recover several million dollars for the family of Ricardo Cibrian Baltazar, a truck driver who was killed in the collision.
Source: NTSB Report HWY14MH009