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Orland Crash: Bus Driver Made Evasive Maneuvers

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. One of the queries will determine whether seat belts would have reduced the number deaths and injuries.

Twitter photo of what the bus looked like as it was towed away.
Twitter photo of what the bus looked like as it was towed away.

Originally posted at 7:32 p.m. April 12, 2014. Edited to correct headline.

The bus involved in Thursday's deadly crash near Orland left 175 feet of  pre-impact tire marks, including some indicative of evasive maneuvers to the right, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator said today.

Investigators have recovered the electronic control module from the bus, but have yet to download its data and it was unclear if it will yield useful information, the NTSB's Mark Rosekind said at a news briefing in Red Bluff, north of the crash site on Interstate 5.

The electronic control module from the FedEx big rig, a 2007 Volvo that left the southbound lanes at a 10-degree angle and left no skid marks when it crossed the median, was not recoverable, Rosekind said.

Still, investigators will remove the rig's transmission and also examine its steering box to glean possible clues into what caused the crash that killed five Los Angeles area high school students and five adults, including the drivers of the bus and truck, he said.

Blood samples have been taken from both drivers, Rosekind said.

The bus left Los Angeles with one driver at the wheel, but it stopped in Sacramento and a new driver took over, according to Rosekind.

Some of those aboard were ejected from the motor coach, which was a 2014 model equipped with three-point seat belt restraints, he said.

One of the questions investigators will seek to answer is if the restraints would have made a difference in terms of deaths and injuries suffered in the collision, Rosekind said.

He also said a Nissan Altima that was clipped by the FedEx truck before it hit the motorcoach had just passed the bus prior to the crash.

--City News Service


Carl Petersen III April 13, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Henry Xavier April 13, 2014 at 07:36 PM "This may help" ________________________________________________________ How? You are pulling pure speculation out of thin air.
GreenInOC April 13, 2014 at 10:27 PM
@Henry Xavier, next time you claim someone is deficient in their education you might want to use spell check. On another note, you ask (at least I think you are asking), if anyone thinks that the drivers were texting, then claim "This may help" (sic). How does that help?
Danny Jones April 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Jaques,( jock ) trucks have been clean for some time now. My 1996 does not smoke, maybe a puff a start up- and it has a million miles on the original engine. My problem with the damn CARB NAZIS is that they reneged on the agreement they had with the EPA and now say "well, so sorry Danny. Yeah, umm, we did say your truck was clean enough back in 1996, but now because we have enough whack-job treehuggers backing us, we can do whatever the hell we want". FINE but Commufornia, get ready to pay A LOT MORE for EVERYTHING you buy. I'm already enjoying the higher rates I can charge to brings cars into this backwards state. I continue to run my old truck and Laugh my way to the bank HAHAHAHA!!!!
Jock April 20, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Danny. I'm sure Your truck runs clean. Tell me you haven't seen rigs that look like an 1870 locomotive running down the road. Don't get all literal, you know what I mean. If you grew up sucking the smog of the 50's here you would have a different opinion perhaps. By the way, they still haven't announced what caused this crash. Believe it, they will sue the $$$$$$ out of those who are causing fires, the trucking industry must go on efficiently and safely it is in every ones interest.
Kim Neal April 23, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Fair Enough Curious ! At the end of the day, the editor is supposed to edit that which needs editing...no? Now I'm curious.. And of course, being the mother of two collegiates myself..the heart is broken for all families..friends..and communities that lost what is desperately needed...the young ..intelligent...caring who would have overseen our futures ..

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