A new report issued this week concludes that many of the victims who died in the Orland, California truck accident that killed 9 people, died of smoke inhalation. According to coroner's officials, seven of the nine victims survived the initial impact, but then were overcome as smoke filled the carriage.
The accident occurred as a FedEx truck carrying two 28-foot trailers travelling on the southbound 5 crossed the center median into northbound traffic. The FedEx truck crashed into a bus full of high school students and their chaperones that were travelling to visiting Humboldt State University.
Investigations have determined that the fire started after the crash, tearing through both the FedEx truck and bus.
According to the Glenn County sheriff-coroner, autopsies revealed only two of the victims died of "multiple trauma." Seven others involved in the accident died because of smoke asphyxiation.
Several wrongful death and negligence lawsuits are pending as the result of this accident, alleging negligence on the parts of the FedEx driver for causing the collisions and with the bus company for failing to provide enough emergency exits for passengers.
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