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RED BLUFF, Calif. — Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck that left 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students in Northern California.
The truck driver veered across the Interstate 5 median, sideswiped a sedan, and collided with the bus, leaving no tire marks to suggest that he had applied his brakes. Dozens of injured students escaped through windows before the vehicles exploded into towering flames and billowing smoke in Orland, 100 miles north of Sacramento.
The sedan driver told investigators the truck was in flames before the crash, but National Transportation Safety Board investigators found no physical evidence of a preimpact fire or other witnesses to confirm that account.