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April 13, 2014 | Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason and Hailey Branson-Potts
Two conflicting eyewitness accounts emerged Saturday as investigators delved deeper into the cause of the horrific collision between a truck and a charter bus that killed 10 and cast a pall over a college-acceptance trip to Humboldt State University. A driver who was sideswiped moments before Thursday evening's fatal accident said she saw flames coming from beneath a FedEx freight truck as it veered across a grassy median toward disaster. A man who lives next to Interstate 5, however, said he saw no flames from the truck before the crash and watched the twin-trailer FedEx vehicle swerve out of control after it made an abortive attempt to move into the fast lane.
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April 13, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
ORLAND, Calif. -- Investigators found no physical evidence that a FedEx freight truck was on fire before it collided with a charter tour bus in Northern California last week, killing 10 people, authorities said Sunday.  "Our fire expert reviewed the median and the highway, and found no physical evidence of fire before the impact,” said Mark Rosekind, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board.  Those findings contradict the eyewitness...
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April 13, 2014 | By Chris Megerian, Melanie Mason and Hailey Branson-Potts
ORLAND, Calif. -- Investigators probing the collision of a FedEx freight truck and a charter bus that killed 10 were dealing with disparate clues, including reports that the truck was on fire before the crash as well as evidence that its driver appeared not to brake. A woman who said the truck sideswiped her car moments before Thursday evening's fatal accident said she saw flames coming from beneath the twin-trailer vehicle as it veered across a grassy median toward disaster. A man who lives next to Interstate 5, however, said he saw no flames from the truck before the crash as he watched it swerve out of control after it made an abortive attempt to move into freeway's fast lane.
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April 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Paige St. John and Ruben Vives
ORLAND, Calif. -- The investigation into the fatal bus crash in Northern California took a new twist after two witnesses said the FedEx truck was on fire before it hit the tour bus filled with high school students. The witnesses said flames were visible from the big rig as it crossed the grassy median on Interstate 5 and hit their car, then the bus. Bonnie and Joe Duran told TV reporters in Northern California that their Nissan Altima sideswiped by the truck before it collided head-on with the bus. “It was on fire already,” Bonnie Duran said.
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April 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Paige St. John and Ruben Vives
ORLAND, Calif. -- Two witnesses said Friday that a FedEx truck was on fire before it hit a tour bus filled with high school students in Northern California, killing 10. Bonnie and Joe Duran, whose car was hit by the big rig before it collided with the bus Thursday on Interstate 5 in Orland, told several TV stations that they saw flames coming from the truck as it crossed the center median. “I was heading along the outside lane. And I looked over and saw the FedEx truck coming right for me and it was on fire already,” Bonnie Duran told KCBS radio.
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April 12, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
All roads lead back to the Kogi truck. "It's like my 'Sweet Caroline' and I'm Neil Diamond," Roy Choi said. "I'll never be able to outlive Kogi. Kogi is a beast. " The chef was attempting to articulate what spawning that marvel of Korean barbecued ribs enveloped in tortillas has meant to him in front of a crowd at the 19th-annual L.A. Times Festival of Books. The sprawling two-day event at USC features readings, screenings, musical performances and cooking demonstrations. Under an unforgiving sun, hundreds listened as Choi conversed with Times food critic Jonathan Gold about the journey touched upon in his book "L.A.
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April 12, 2014 | By Chris Megerian, Melanie Mason and Hailey Branson-Potts
ORLAND, Calif. -- A witness to Thursday's deadly tour bus crash said the driver of the FedEx truck appeared to lose control while changing lanes before barreling across the center median of Interstate 5 and colliding head-on with a tour bus filled with high school students. Ryan Householder told The Times on Saturday that he was mowing his lawn, which faces the southbound lanes of the highway, when he heard screeching tires Thursday. He looked up and watched the crash occur. The drivers of both vehicles were killed as were eight people on board the tour bus. "I never thought I'd see that in real life," he said.
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April 10, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Matt Stevens and Stephen Ceasar
At least nine people died Thursday after a bus carrying Los Angeles-area high school students planning to tour Humboldt State was struck head-on by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 in Northern California, causing a fire that badly burned both vehicles. For unknown reasons, the truck crossed over the landscaped center median and crashed into the tour bus, which was traveling north on I-5 near the town of Orland in Glenn County, according to the California Highway Patrol. The drivers of the bus and truck were killed, officials said.
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April 10, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Matt Stevens and Stephen Ceasar
At least nine people died Thursday when a bus carrying Los Angeles-area high school students for a tour of Humboldt State University was struck head-on by a FedEx truck on the 5 Freeway in Northern California, causing a fire that badly burned both vehicles. For unknown reasons, the truck crossed over the landscaped center median and crashed into the tour bus, which was traveling north on the 5 Freeway near Orland in Glenn County, according to the California Highway Patrol. The drivers of the bus and truck were killed, officials said, and the other fatalities were passengers on the bus. PHOTOS: 9 killed in L.A. student's deadly bus crash  CHP officer Tracy Hoover estimated that more than 30 people were hurt.
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