UPDATE: 10 Killed As Bus, Truck Carrying Students Collide

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UPDATE 12:15PM ORLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say the high school students involved in a deadly bus crash on a Northern California freeway were participating in a program that invites low-income or first-generation students to visit Humboldt State University.

Humboldt State officials say the bus was among three they had chartered as part of the university's two-day Preview Plus program. Two of the buses were from the Los Angeles area. The other was from the Fresno area.

The program was scheduled to start Friday.

One of the buses was hit by a FedEx tractor-trailer on Thursday afternoon, killing 10 people.

Humboldt State officials say the other two buses made it to campus. The university is providing those students with counseling.

-- The California Highway Patrol says the drivers of a FedEx delivery truck and a charter bus carrying high school students on a college visit are among the 10 people who were killed in a fiery crash on a Northern California interstate.

In addition to both drivers, the patrol says three adult chaperones and five teenage students were killed in the crash Thursday on Interstate 5 near Orland. Their identities haven't been released.

The patrol says the bus and truck were on opposite sides of the freeway when the truck crossed a grass median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire.

Investigators say the truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car that was also involved in the crash.

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