Orland bus crash: NTSB releases preliminary report
The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Friday with some details on the fatal crash between a FedEx truck and a bus that was transporting high school students to a Humboldt State University preview weekend.
The FedEx truck, described as a 2007 Volvo truck tractor in combination with two 28-foot trailers, departed from Sacramento at about 10 a.m. and delivered two trailers to Weeds, California.
The 2014 Setra motorcoach carrying the students made a scheduled stop in Sacramento, where a replacement driver took over operation of the vehicle.
“At about 3:30 p.m., the driver [of the FedEx truck] picked up two other 28-foot trailers and was en route back to Sacramento when the accident occurred,” the report said.
NTSB confirmed that the FedEx truck departed the I-5 southbound traffic lanes, drove across the 58-foot wide center median and collided on the I-5 northbound with a white 2013 Nissan Altima four-door passenger car before hitting the motorcoach.
NTSB provided no details as to why the FedEx truck veered off the freeway.
See the preliminary report below.