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Officials investigate possible issues behind California bus crash

California Bus Crash

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) - Federal investigators say they will review whether a stretch of California freeway where a bus carrying students was struck by a big rig should have had a barrier down the median to prevent head-on collisions.

In addition, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday it will determine if a fire suppression system recommended but not mandated for buses would have made a difference in the crash that left 10 people dead.

Mark Rosekind, an NTSB member, said his agency would be gathering information over the next two weeks but not immediately provide a preliminary cause of the fiery crash along Interstate 5.

The bus was carrying 44 teenagers from Southern California high schools to Humboldt State University to participate in a program that invites prospective low-income or first-generation college students to visit the campus.

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solarbarrier April 12 2014 at 6:43 AM

What a horrible tragedy for those students and I know, the gut wrenching heart ache those parents are going through. Very sad to hear of. What a loss.

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dlibby1560 April 12 2014 at 2:00 AM

whoever wrote LOL is an idiot, my heart and prayers go to the families of the deceased and prayers for the injured and thanks to all who responded. My son was traveling home and saw it and had to take a detour. God was with him that day. Bless everyone...drive safely

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satvaman April 12 2014 at 1:32 AM


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Michael April 12 2014 at 7:38 AM

the sad thing is the lives that were lost and we will never know what or how this happened ..I do know that it was a tragdey and we should all pray for the familys... we should not blame the truck driver or the bus driver for we were not there when it happened.so lets not put blame before the facts are found out .... just pray for the lost lives......

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Terry April 12 2014 at 1:12 AM

fmcsa stats for last 24 months; fedex-67 fatalities. 880 injuries. UPS - 39 fatalities. 554 injuries. for the miles they cover these are not bad statistics. unless you are one of the statistics. Better training = better drivers! Trucks AND Cars.

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jwtexas1 Terry April 12 2014 at 1:28 AM

Better training = better drivers is only as good as the circumstances surrounding the incident. In crashes involving big rigs, it's most often assumed the big rigs are at fault. Automobile drivers DO NOT, for the most part, understand that a big rig cannot slow down or maneuver like an automobile. I have seen so many drivers cut-off a big rig, complain because they are behind one - only to suddenly change lanes, cut in front of the big rig, causing the big rig driver to slam on brakes, take evasive action, etc. There's not enough respect given to those who drive these 18-wheelers!

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scooterg jwtexas1 April 12 2014 at 1:36 AM

Totally agree

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cact25 jwtexas1 April 12 2014 at 3:30 AM

Then they ought to stay over to the right!

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dave April 12 2014 at 1:45 PM

I can prevent it.... slow down pay attention and EVERYONE drive with respect for other drivers!

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blo2thehead April 12 2014 at 12:22 AM

Enter Captain Hindsight.

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Jen blo2thehead April 12 2014 at 12:29 AM

I know right?

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jpuf47 April 12 2014 at 12:20 AM

All the arguing about whose fault it was will not bring back those ten people. Look at the speed limit on the sign, 70 mph. It doesn't matter what you are driving, at that speed if you happen to have a blow out someone is going to get killed. They say the drivers of the trucks are on a time limit, time is money. How about the rest of you who are just out joy riding. Why is everyone in such a freeking big hurry? Thank you very much but i'll take my country roads, you can have your express ways, byways, turnpikes etc. My heart and prayers go out to the parents, fiances and family who kissed their loved ones good bye in the morning not knowing they will never see them again on this Earth.

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Kay April 12 2014 at 11:10 AM

I read and heard on the news that the semi had side swiped a car before crossing the median and and striking the bus. It was reported that the investigators wanted to talk to the people in the side swiped car, but so far I have not read or heard one comment on what these people saw or what happened to cause the truck to side swipe them! Anyone know anymore about this car and its passengers?

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rick52259 Kay April 12 2014 at 11:36 AM

Kay there was an interview with them on this morning. They said they saw flames coming from under hood of truck and driver had lost control of it. This was the couple in the Nissan.

My question is why is 17 NTSB examiners needed ?

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Thunder Queen 1 April 12 2014 at 12:01 AM

What a tragedy, poor kids didn't even get a chance to start living, that road they were on is very dangerous, no median, I've traveled that road many a times and it is scary to say the least

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Jen Thunder Queen 1 April 12 2014 at 12:32 AM

You are right. That stretch is horrid.

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Go For It! Jen April 12 2014 at 1:56 AM

That part of I-5 is also very flat and boring...very easy to get tired.

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