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William M. Welch, USA TODAY5:25 a.m. EDT April 11, 2014

As many as 10 people were killed and dozens injured Thursday when a charter bus collided with other vehicles and burst into flames in Northern California, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol dispatcher Curtis Pahlka said a FedEx truck crossed the freeway and slammed into the charter bus. Pahlka said a Nissan Altima was also in the collision.

Pahlka said the crash was reported at 5:41 p.m. near the town of Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento, and prompted police to close a section of Interstate 5.

The crash killed the drivers of the truck and bus, five students and three chaperones, Lt. Bill Carpenter of the highway patrol told CNN.Glenn County sheriff’s dispatcher Pauline Spooner said the bus passengers were high school seniors on their way to visit the campus of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.

Spooner also said several people were airlifted to local hospitals with injuries.

“Humboldt State University is deeply saddened by a tragic accident that occurred earlier this evening involving a charter bus filled with prospective students,” the school said in a statement. “They were on their way to visit campus for the April 11 Spring Preview event. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected, and we are here to support them, and their families, in any way possible.”

One emergency responder said as many as 37 people needed treatment for injuries such as burns, broken bones and cuts.

“The victims were teenage kids. A lot of them were freaked out. They were shocked. They still couldn’t grasp what happened,” Jason Wyman with the Orland Volunteer Fire Department told the Associated Press.

Steven Clavijo, 18, a student at West Ranch High School in Santa Clarita, told the AP that he was on the bus during the crash.

Clavijo said he was just getting ready to fall asleep in the back of the bus when he felt the vehicle begin to swerve.

“I just heard this loud boom,” he said. “We knew we were in major trouble.”

Several students escaped through a window one of them had kicked open, and were running from the wreckage, when the bus exploded behind them, the AP reported.

Tommy Chang, the instructional superintendent for the Los Angeles School District, confirmed that students from Los Angeles schools were involved in the wreck, but declined to provide further details.

“These are students who were on an amazing opportunity to see what this amazing state has to offer in terms of higher education,” Chang said.

Contributing: Wiliam Cummings; The Associated Press

State police say man thrown from Jeep

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A 25-year-old man was seriously injured on Interstate 93 on Thursday when a tanker truck struck his Jeep, throwing him from the vehicle.

Police said Matthew Davis, of Plaistow, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Elliot Hospital for surgery. He was listed in serious but stable condition.

The crash shut down a portion of I-93 north for about four hours. State police said the truck crashed into the Jeep near exit 6 about 12:30 a.m.

“As a result of that, the operator of the Jeep, the 25-year-old gentleman, was ejected from the Jeep,” said Lt. Christopher Wagner.

Police said the force of the crash threw Davis into the barrier separating the north and southbound lanes.

“As the troopers arrived on scene, they found the situation to be fairly grave, with life-threatening injuries to the operator of the passenger vehicle,” Wagner said.

A good Samaritan helped police administer aid until an ambulance arrived.

The driver of the tanker truck, Wesley Basler, 56, of Richford, Vt., was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Police said Davis said his Jeep had run out of gas, and he was unable to push the vehicle off the roadway.

Police said speed and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the crash.

Driver lost control of Jeep, police say

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MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — State police say one person has died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 495 in Middleborough.

Preliminary reports indicate that a Jeep Wrangler was travelling north just after 6 p.m. Monday the 40-year-old driver from Mansfield lost control of his car and rolled over several times coming to rest in the right travel lane. The driver was taken to Morton Hospital in Taunton where he died.

The reason he lost control remains under investigation.

The victim’s name was not immediately made public.

The crash remains under investigation.

Joshua Carlson riding off designated trail in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, N.H. — Authorities say a Concord man was seriously injured when he fell off his snowmobile in northern New Hampshire and ended up with a stick stuck in his head.

New Hampshire Fish and Game says 34-year-old Joshua Carlson was riding off a designated trail in Pittsburg Saturday afternoon when he fell off the snowmobile and struck a tree. He was taken to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials say carelessness and environmental factors appear to have played a role, and they remind residents that it is illegal to ride off designated trails.

Driver and shop patron taken to hospitals

Firefighters responded to Colleen’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop on High Street Saturday afternoon.

Alison Bingham

MEDFORD, Mass. — Two people were injured after a pickup truck crashed into an ice cream shop in Medford, authorities said.

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Firefighters responded to Colleen’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop on High Street Saturday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle and a shop patron have been taken to local hospitals, but there is no word on their conditions, fire officials said.

The vehicle was towed and the shop is being boarded up, officials said.

Truck spills fluid, crews cleaning up scene

BROCKTON, Mass. — A tractor trailer crash in Brockton has closed down A tractor trailer crash in Brockton has closed down several lanes of Route 24 North near exit 18, according to state police.

State police said the crash closed all northbound travel lanes, and drivers headed to the area should find alternate routes.

State police said the truck did dump fluid on the road, and clean up could take a while.

State police did not have an estimate on when the roadway would reopen.

Emergency responders work to free the driver after this truck crashed off the Mass Pike. (Photo courtesy: Mass State Police)

WARREN (CBS) – A truck ran off the Massachusetts Turnpike in Warren Thursday morning and into water on the side of the highway.
Based on tweets by police from the scene, the box truck ran down an embankment on the westbound side of the road and ended up on its side in a river.

There’s no word yet on the condition of the driver or what caused the crash.

Children, ages 3, 9, and 10, okay after crash 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A witness who helped rescue a family after their mother allegedly drove her minivan into the ocean tells WESH 2 that one of the children was screaming that their mother was trying to kill them.

Watch the report

Tim Tesseneer, of Rutherfordton, N.C., said he was one of the two men to first reach the minivan.

The pregnant mother allegedly drove it into the ocean north of the Silver Beach approach in Daytona Beach Tuesday afternoon. Tesseneer said the woman made a hard turn toward the ocean.

See photos of the car submerged

It is possible there was a medical emergency, which could have led the driver to lose control and wind up in the water.

Tesseneer told WESH 2 that one of the children inside was screaming that their mom was trying to kill them.

“The two in the back seat was crying, with their arms out saying ‘Our mommy’s trying to kill us, please help,’” said Tesseneer.

A bystander’s video of the rescue shows a rescuer carrying two children away from the sinking van when the children tell them there was another child inside.

“The kids are like, ‘No there’s a baby. There’s a baby,’” Tesseneer said. “She (the mother) wouldn’t say a word. She didn’t tell us nothing about a baby.”

The men are seen on video frantically trying to get to the small child through the hatchback and the driver’s side door.

Video shows that the mother appears disoriented and walks away from the minivan, with the child still inside.

“She had this look on her face,” said Tesseneer. “I can’t describe it. It was just an awful blank look, like spaced out look.”

The small child is eventually pulled to safety.

The mother has been admitted to a local hospital for a mental health examination.

Her children, aged 3, 9 and 10, were also taken to the hospital to be examined and are OK, officials said.

Investigators said the mother will not speak with them about the incident.

Department of Children and Families is also investigating the mother’s drive into the ocean.

Officials said the children could be turned over to a relative in Orlando.

Police arrest Elizabeth Facey, 21, for OUI 

MILFORD, Mass. — A crash sent a minivan into the water and four people to local hospitals Saturday night, Milford police said.

The two-car crash occurred at the intersection of Route 16 and Beaver Street in Milford.

A witness told NewsCenter 5 that it appeared one vehicle had gone through the ice.

Watch NewsCenter 5′s report

One adult and three children in the minivan were taken to local hospitals. A passenger was seriously injured, but all injuries are not considered life-threatening.

No one in the other car was injured.

Police arrested 21-year-old Elizabeth Facey for operating under the influence, failure to stop at a red light and child endangerment. They said her 3-year-old child was in the car with her.

Foley will be arraigned in Milford District Court on Monday.

The location of the crash is very close to Route 495.

Firefighters concerned about home’s stability

MALDEN, Mass. — A Billerica man was arrested after his dump truck crashed into a Malden home Thursday.

The crash happened at 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Pleasant and West streets, police said.

A woman who was inside the home suffered a sprained ankle and another person was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The driver, Keith Douglas Bouthillette, was placed under arrest.

Firefighters are concerned the home is structurally unsound, so the truck won’t be removed yet.

The driver of the truck was also taken to the hospital as a precaution.


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