Emotional Return for Students on Other Bus in Northern California

Dozens of students who visited Humboldt State University made their emotional return home to Los Angeles just days after a violent wreck involving another bus in their convoy claimed 10 lives in Northern California.

Students were met with balloons and hugs from their families outside Union Station just before 1 a.m.

A woman identified only as Ana said she initially thought her daughter was on the bus that crashed. Ana said that due to a chaperone’s mistake, her daughter was put on the other bus.

“I feel so blessed and so grateful that my daughter is back safe,” Ana said. “She was supposed to be on the second bus.”

The daughter is trying to put the crash behind her, and has decided on a college, Ana said.

The crash occurred about 5:40 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 5 near Orland, when a FedEx truck crossed lanes of traffic and hit the charter bus carrying students head-on.

Several of the victims had been identified by family members, including several Los Angeles area high schoolers, a college admissions counselor and a newly engaged couple. 

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