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Tragedy Strikes High School Students on Bus Trip

Californian high school students on their way to visit a university were caught up in a deadly crash when their bus was struck by a truck.

A group of Los Angeles-area students were on a 13-hour journey to Humboldt State University when their bus crashed into a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif. Both vehicles caught fire.

Emergency personnel help survivors of the wreck. At least 10 people were killed, including the drivers of both vehicles, three chaperones and five students.

Dan Reidel

An aerial view of the scene. The FedEx truck had crossed the divider on Interstate 5, side-swiped a car and then slammed into the bus head-on, authorities said.

Rescue workers, police and firefighters survey the scene.

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Survivors wait to be transported away from the scene of the collision. Passengers climbed through the broken windows, and one person escaped with his clothes on fire, witnesses said.

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A California Highway Patrol officer shines his light on a yellow blanket covering one of the victims of the crash.

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