Red Cross Opens Hotline for Families Affected by Orland Bus Crash | NBC Southern California

Coverage of a fiery bus crash involving Southern California students

Red Cross Opens Hotline for Families Affected by Orland Bus Crash



    A California Highway Patrol Officer photographs the crash scene, Friday, April 11, 2014, where a tour bus and a FedEX truck crashed on Interstate 5 Thursday in Orland, Calif. At least ten people were killed and dozens injured in the fiery crash between the truck and a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a Northern California College.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    The Red Cross has set up a 24-hour hotline for those affected in Thursday's Northern California crash that claimed the lives of 10 people on their way to visit Humboldt State University from the Los Angeles area.

    The crash occurred about 5:40 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 5 near Orland, when a FedEx truck crossed a 60-foot median and hit a Nissan Altima and a charter bus carrying dozens of Southern California high school students.

    Five students and five adults were confirmed dead in the crash.

    "The American Red Cross would like to express our condolences to those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy," they said in a statement. "Our thoughts are also with those who were injured and their families."

    Families affected by the tragedy can seek caseworkers who may need help with transportation expenses, mental health support and counseling, and any who may have incurred significant expenses related to the incident.

    Families were told to call 1-800-540-2000.

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