Answers Sought After Fiery Wreck Kills 10

Source: William M. Welch and John Bacon / USA Today

Authorities were trying to determine Friday what caused a FedEx tractor trailer to cross the grassy median of a Northern California freeway and slam into a charter bus in a fiery crash that killed 10 people and injuring dozens more.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent an investigative “go team” from Washington to the scene on Interstate 5 near the town of Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento.

California Highway Patrol dispatcher Curtis Pahlka said the crash was reported at 5:41 p.m. Thursday. The crash killed the drivers of the truck and bus, five students and three chaperones.

NTSB Highway Safety Investigator Robert Accetta was leading the “multi-disciplinary” team sent to the site, the agency said.

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