Screenshot of video from New York Times
Two Long beach Unified School District seniors were among those on a tour bus bound for Humboldt State Thursday night when a FedEx truck crossed the median of Interstate 5 and collided with the bus, causing both to burst into flames.
Angelica Flores-Cruz, 17, of California Academy of Mathematics and Science, and Sineva Samantha Hosea, 18, of Polytechnic High School, both sustained what are being described by the District as non-life threatening injuries in the crash. However, according to reports, five students, three chaperons and both drivers perished in the crash.
Over 35 people were transported to area hospitals for a list of injuries, including burns. California Highway Patrol officials said that prior to crossing into oncoming traffic and striking the bus, the FedEx truck sideswiped another vehicle, but it remains unclear what caused the accident.
Flores-Cruz, Hosea and over 40 other passengers on the bus were part of college orientation Spring Preview activities at Humboldt State University in Arcata. The school’s Preview Plus program which is two decades old, is meant to try to attract low-income income students who are the first in their families to attend college. Two of the three buses en route to the campus originated from the Los Angeles area.
Although an update from the university’s site lists “Renaissance Arts Academy” and “Woodrow Wilson Senior High” as schools with students involved in the crash, Humboldt State announced that those schools aren’t from LBUSD.
Parents or families seeking information about the crash should call (707)-826-6327 or visit the university’s website at humboldt.edu/emergency.