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Coverage of a fiery bus crash involving Southern California students

One Year Later: Deadly California Bus Crash

Timeline of the 2014 deadly bus crash



    Be the Toast of the Breeders’ Cup
    Massive flames are seen devouring both vehicles just after the crash, and clouds of smoke billowed into the sky Thursday April 10, 2014 until firefighters had quenched the fire, leaving behind scorched black hulks of metal. The FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median in Northern California and slammed into the bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college. At least nine were killed in the fiery crash, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett)

    A year after 10 people lost their lives during a fiery collision involving a FedEx truck and a bus carrying students to Northern California, family and friends descended to the crash site in honor of their lost loved ones.

    Below is a timeline of events that has happened since the fatal crash on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    • Students headed for a college tour left LA Union Station at 6 a.m. on three buses belonging to Silverado Stages.

    • Nearly 12 hours after they departed Southern California, a FedEx truck slammed into the bus on the 5 Freeway near Orland, Calif.

    • At least nine people were confirmed dead after the crash.

    • Los Angeles Unified School District released a statement about the crash and whether its students were aboard the bus.

    • Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement expressing his condolences for those who lost a loved one, and gratitude for the workers who responded to the tragedy.

    Memorial One Year After Fatal FedEx CrashMemorial One Year After Fatal FedEx Crash

    A year to the date since a tragic crash claimed the lives of 10 people involving a FedEx truck and a bus carrying students on a college tour. Lolita Lopez reports for NBC4 News at Noon Friday, April 10, 2015.
    (Published Friday, April 10, 2015)

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    • California Highway Patrol confirmed nine people died on site, while a 10th victim died at a hospital. Victims included five students, three chaperons and the drivers of the bus and truck.

    • The truck also struck a car and authorities were trying to confirm the involvement of the car in the collision. The car had two occupants who only suffered minor injuries. All vehicles involved in the crash were being examined. At least 31 victims were hospitalized and the investigation could take months, CHP said.

    • LAUSD released a list schools that had students on the bus, that included 19 students from 16 LAUSD schools. Officials said during a press conference that not all students involved in the fiery crash had been located.

    • National Transportation Safety Board officials held a press conference and said information was being collected. Officials also said they were looking for data that may have recorded the events leading up to the crash.

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    9 Killed in Fiery Bus Crash; SoCal Students Aboard9 Killed in Fiery Bus Crash; SoCal Students Aboard

    At least nine people were killed when a tour bus carrying Southern California students to a college university tour in Northern California was struck head-on by a FedEx truck. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014.
    (Published Friday, April 11, 2014)

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    • Students from the other two buses returned home from their trip to the university.

    • A survivor of the crash joined Humboldt State University alumni group at Los Angeles City Hall to lend support to those affected by the tragedy.

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    • All victims of the crash were identified including both drivers: Talalelei Lealao-Taiao, the bus driver, and Timothy Evans, the FedEx truck driver.

    • 911 calls from the crash were released including distressed calls of people trying to explain what was happening. Investigators continued to interview passengers and witnesses, and told anyone with video of the crash to send it to authorities. Officials attempted to recreate the collision with similar vehicles.

    Bus Company in Deadly Crash Had Good Safety RecordBus Company in Deadly Crash Had Good Safety Record

    The NBC4 I-Team found that Silverado Stages, the bus company involved in Thursday's deadly Northern California crash, has a good safety record. It is one of the largest charter bus companies in California, and the company had two crashes in the last three months. FedEx, however, has been involved in 171 accidents in California -- five of them fatal -- in the last two years.
    (Published Friday, April 11, 2014)

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    • The mother of Bonilla filed a negligence lawsuit against FedEx. This was the first of several lawsuits filed in connection with the crash.

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    • A preliminary report was released by The National Transportation Safety Board. The report didn’t include insight into the cause or reason the FedEx truck driver crossed the freeway. Investigators said a final report may not be available for months.

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    • The second lawsuit in connection with the crash was filed. Survivor Miles Hillfiled a negligence suit in Los Angeles Superior Court that named FedEx Corp. and Silverado Stages.

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    • The family of Jimenez filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the FedEx truck, its manufacturer, Volvo, and its driver Timothy Evans. Silverado Stages was also named in the suit.

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    • The cause of death for nine of the victims was released. The Glenn County Sheriff-Coroner's office said seven of the victims died due to asphyxiation and two died of multiple traumas. The 10th victim died at the hospital burn unit.

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