The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released their preliminary report today on the April 10th crash between a tour bus filled with Southern California high school students and a double trailer FedEx truck. NTSB officials have yet to state what caused the truck to cross over the median into oncoming traffic. The preliminary report does include timeline information on the events leading up to the devastating accident. Below is a rundown of the key moments before the two vehicles collided.
- The 2007 Volvo truck trailer operated by FedEx Freight originally departed from a FedEx facility in Sacramento at around 10:00 a.m. and drove to Weeds (Siskiyou County, roughly 49 miles south of the Oregon border).
- The driver delivered two trailers, then picked up two other 28-foot trailers at around 3:30 p.m. The truck then departed for Sacramento.
Setra Model Tour Bus
- The 2014 Setra model bus was operated by Silverado Stages Inc. The chartered trip began in Los Angeles, California, and was taking 43 high school students and three adult chaperones to Humboldt State University for a tour of the campus. The bus made a scheduled stop in Sacramento where a replacement driver took over driving duties.
- In the moments before the accident, the FedEx truck was
in the right lane on the southbound side of Interstate 5.
- The bus was in the right lane on the northbound side of
Interstate 5 prior to impact.
- The FeEx truck began to move left in the vicinity of
milepost 26.02, then crossed over the 58-foot wide center median. The
truck drove through a line of oleander bushes in the median, then entered
- The first vehicle the FedEx truck hit was a 2013 Nissan
Altima, which had just passed the bus and moved back into the right lane
on the northbound side of I-5. The truck struck the rear left portion of
the Altima, rotating the vehicle counterclockwise. The Altima left the
roadway on the east side. Both the driver and passenger of the Altima
sustained minor injuries.
- After striking the Altima, the FedEx truck collided
with the tour bus, sending both vehicles off the roadway on the east
- The impact caused both the FedEx truck and the bus to catch fire. The truck was consumed in flames. The front end of the bus sustained significant damage, which exposed the interior of the bus to fire.
Baum Hedlund will continue to post updates on the Orland crash investigation as they happen. The firm has been retained in this case to handle injury claims against FedEx.