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Truck collides with bus in California, killing 10

ORLAND, California (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Crews were on the scene in northern California Friday morning, trying to learn more about what caused a fiery and deadly highway bus crash.

"Immediate explosion. There are 44 students, three chaperones and the school bus driver, so 48 people," said one first responder.

At least 10 people, including seven high school students, were killed when a Fedex truck collided with a charter bus in Orland, California.

Another 35 people are in the hospital.     

Humboldt State University says it chartered the bus to bring high school students to its campus for its spring preview day on Saturday.   

Preliminary reports indicate the Fedex truck drifted into oncoming traffic head on.

"The mate team is putting together all the pieces of the puzzle. Trying to determine what caused the Fedex driver to cross the median and into oncoming traffic, as well as any evasive actions the bus driver took to avoid the collision as well as the car that was in front of the bus driver," said Lacey Heitman of the California Highway Patrol.

Both the driver of the Fedex truck and the bus died.

University police are now trying to determine what school districts the students were from.