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Arthur Arzola was chaperoning Southern California students to Humboldt State University Thursday when his tour bus was hit head-on by truck. Those who knew the Rancho Cucamonga resident remembered him as a young man who always wanted to help. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from outside Arzola's Rancho Cucamonga home for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014.
A 26-year-old college admissions counselor based in the Los Angeles area was among the 10 victims killed in a fiery crash involving a tour bus carrying students and a FedEx truck in Northern California Thursday.
Arthur Arzola, of Rancho Cucamonga, was on a bus with about 50 other people on their way from the Los Angeles area to visit Humboldt State University for a college tour.
"He had the biggest smile. He was always really charismatic," friend Ryan Garcia said.
Arzola was a recruiter for the college for the LA region, according to the university's website. He described himself as a hard-working, thoughtful, compassionate and friendly.
Garcia said Arzola married his high school sweetheart in 2012.
"He found his true love," Garcia said.
On Friday, the university issued a statement mourning the loss of Arzola, who had been a counselor in the area for the last year.
"Arzola is remembered by colleagues at Humboldt State for his passionate commitment to helping low-income and first-generation students get into college," the statement read. "He dedicated his career to that work."
Five adults and five students were killed when a FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a grassy highway median and slammed into their bus in a fiery wreck, authorities said.
The charter bus collided with the delivery truck and a white Nissan on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif., about 5:40 p.m., CHP officials said.
Two patients who were listed in critical condition after the crash were upgraded to serious condition Friday morning, hospital officials from the Enloe Medical Center said. Three other patients were in fair condition and six others were relased.