Palm Desert High School Had Student Involved in Deadly Bus Accident

Humboldt State University has released a list of all the schools that were involved in the fiery bus crash in Orland.

Palm Desert High School has been named among the dozens of Southland high schools which had a student involved in Thursday's deadly bus crash in Northern California.

According to a list published Friday by Humboldt State University, Palm Desert High School was involved.  

A student from the school suffered smoke inhalation, and the student is doing well, a Desert Sands Unified School District spokeswoman says.

KESQ-TV reports that only one student from the local school was on the bus, and that they were treated at a local hospital.  Principal Bob Hicks told the news station that the student's family was headed up north to pick the student up.

Here's the full list of schools involved, according to the university: 
  • La Sierra High
  • Adolfo Camarillo High
  • Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech
  • Ulysses S. Grant Senior High
  • Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High
  • Oxnard High
  • Century High
  • Eastside High
  • John C. Fremont Senior High
  • El Monte High
  • West Ranch High
  • School for the Visual Arts and
  • Environmental Charter
  • Manual Arts Senior High
  • Burroughs High
  • Mayfair High
  • Phineas Banning Senior High
  • Carson Senior High
  • Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academy
  • California Academy of Mathematics
  • Pacifica High
  • Pioneer High
  • Century High
  • Animo Inglewood Charter High
  • Phineas Banning Senior High
  • Norte Vista High
  • Alliance Media Arts and Entert
  • Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High
  • Renaissance Arts Academy
  • Polytechnic High
  • Valhalla High
  • Gompers Preparatory Academy
  • Animo Inglewood Charter High
  • Woodrow Wilson Senior High
  • Middle College High
  • Woodrow Wilson Senior High
  • Palm Desert High
  • Animo Jackie Robinson Charter
  • Downey High
  • Loara High
  • Marshall Fundamental
  • Norte Vista High
  • Pomona Senior High
According to the CHP, a total of ten people died from the crash, which happened on Interstate 5, in Orland.  Five were students, and five were adults.

The adults killed in the crash included the two drivers and the three chaperones accompanying Los Angeles-area high school seniors, the California Highway Patrol reported. A CHP dispatcher said five students were confirmed among the dead, along with the drivers of both vehicles. 

Approximately 30 additional people were injured, according to reports.  None of the victims has been identified.

The collision occurred when a southbound FedEx big rig towing two trailers crossed into the northbound lanes, sideswiping a car and colliding head-on with the tour bus, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The tour bus was carrying students who were en route to a campus visit at Humboldt State University in the city of Arcata. 

"The Humboldt State community sends its deepest condolences to the friends and families of those affected," a statement from the university read.  "We are doing everything possible to provide support and assistance."

Parents or families seeking more information or guidance should dial 707-826-6327. For more information and updates, visit humboldt.edu/emergency

– City News Service contributed to this report.


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