Information Center: I-5 Bus Accident

We Remember

  • Arthur Arzola, 26
    HSU Admissions Counselor
    Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
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  • Michael Lee Myvett Jr., 29
    Chaperone with Preview Plus
    Los Angeles, Calif.
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  • Mattison Haywood, 25
    Chaperone with Preview Plus
    Los Angeles, Calif.
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  • Ismael Jimenez, 18
    Student at Animo Inglewood Charter High School
    Inglewood, Calif.
  • Jennifer Caroline Bonilla, 17
    Student at Dorsey High School
    Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Denise Eraina Gomez, 18
    Student at Animo Inglewood Charter High School
    Inglewood, Calif.
  • Adrian Castro, 19
    Student at El Monte High School
    El Monte, Calif.
  • Marisa Elaine Serrato, 17
    Student at Norte Vista High School
    Riverside, Calif.
  • Talalelei Feleni Lealao-Taiao, 53
    Driver of bus
    Sacramento, Calif.
  • Timothy Paul Evans, 32
    Driver of truck
    Elk Grove, Calif.
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General Information (707) 826-6327  |  Counseling for Students (707) 826-3236 Counseling for Faculty and Staff (EAP) (707) 443-7358

A charter bus carrying high school students to HSU's Spring Preview was involved in a tragic accident on I-5 near Orland on Thursday, April 10. The accident took the lives of five students, as well as an HSU admissions counselor, two chaperones and the drivers of both vehicles. More than 30 injured students were taken to six hospitals in the area near the accident.
 

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Founders Day Offers Ways to Support Memorial Scholarships

Humboldt State University is making a special effort to raise funds for two new memorial scholarships this week until the end of Founders Day on Friday, April 25. The scholarships are named for the admissions counselor and two alumni who perished in the April 10 bus accident, and will support low-income and first-generation college students.

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Glenn County Sheriff-Coroner Identifies Ninth Victim

Current as of 4/18/14 at 4:57 a.m. PDT.

The Glenn County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has confirmed the identity of a ninth victim of the April 10, 2014 I-5 Charter Bus Accident:

-Mattison Leatrice Haywood, age 25 from Chico, California. Mattison was a chaperone for Preview Plus Program.

One victim has not yet been identified by the Glenn County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office. When that positive identifications is made and the name released, it will be posted on this website.

Hundreds Gather to Remember Accident Victims (Photos)

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Hundreds gathered on the UC Quad Thursday for a remembrance event in the early afternoon, and later for a candlelight vigil. The gatherings marked one week since the I-5 bus accident in which 10 perished and more than 30 were injured.

The afternoon event included singing by students of the Mad River Transit Singers.University and community leaders including CSU Chancellor Timothy White andCSU Trustee Larry Norton spoke to the assembled group. HSU President Rollin Richmond led the event and also spoke. Heidi Moore, a leader at the Humboldt County Office of Education read a poem “Tragedy and Flowering,” written in memory of the accident by California’s Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera.

Bus Accident Information Resources

Humboldt State University continues to work closely with the California State University system, Red Cross, California Highway Patrol, and numerous school districts and other agencies in responding to the April 10 bus accident.

We are focused on responding to the needs of students and families. To help, it is important that calls to campus units be referred to the General Information line at (707) 826-6327.

Important information sources for campus departments and others are as follows:

  • General Information line, staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily - (707) 826-6327
  • General Information website – follow the prominent link at www.humboldt.edu or go directly to www.humboldt.edu/busaccident
  • Counseling for Students – (707) 826-3236
  • Counseling for Faculty and Staff (EAP) – (707) 443-7358
  • Humboldt County Mental Health – (707) 445-7715

Glenn County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office Releases Names of Four Deceased

Current as of 4/16/14 at 10:17 a.m. PDT.

The Glenn County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has confirmed the deaths of the following people in the April 10, 2014 I-5 Charter Bus Accident:

  • Michael Lee Myvett Jr., age 29, from Los Angeles, Calif. Myvett Jr. was a chaperone for the Preview Plus Program
  • Ismael Jimenez, 18, from Inglewood, Calif. Jimenez was a student attending Preview Plus.
  • Talaleilei Feleni Lealo-Taiao, 53, from Sacramento, Calif. Lealao-Taiao was the driver of the charter bus.
  • Timothy Paul Evans, age 32, of Elk Grove, Calif. Evans was the driver of the FedEx truck.

Arthur Arzola, an admissions counselor for HSU, was previously confirmed dead on April 11.

The Glenn County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office will continue to release the identities of the deceased as positive identifications are made. Those names will be posted on this website.

Campus Remembrance and Vigil, April 17

A Remembrance event is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, on the UC Quad. It will be a chance for the HSU family will gather to honor those who were affected, and to show our care for their friends and families.

Later in the day, there will be a Candlelight Vigil on the UC Quad, which will begin at approximately 5:15 p.m.

The students helping to organize the activities are encouraging the campus to wear green and gold for the day. Everyone is also invited to share thoughts and memories on large sheets of paper, which will be on the UC Quad from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 and 10 a.m. until after the Vigil on Thursday, April 17.

Bus Accident: Support Services Available for Campus

4/15/14 at 10:32 a.m. PDT

Last week’s tragic bus accident has affected many in our campus community, and we are focused on providing assistance for anyone who needs it. If you or someone you know is in need of support, you may contact the following offices;

- For students, the Counseling Center on campus is at 826-3236

- For faculty and staff, the Employee Assistance Program is at 443-7358

- For anyone, Humboldt County Mental Health is available to help. The number is 445-7715.

Also, the campus has an information line for questions related to the accident. It is staffed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. this week. The number is 826-6327.

Bus Accident Information Line

4/15/14 at 8:39 a.m. PDT

Humboldt State University is operating an information line for those seeking information about Thursday’s accident. The line is primarily for parents, families and others seeking information about the incident. It is also for campus departments seeking guidance or direction.

The line is being staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through at least this Friday.

The number is (707) 826-6327.

Three Students Remain Hospitalized

4/14/14 at 4:01 p.m. PDT

As of Monday, April 14, three high school students involved in the I-5 bus crash remain hospitalized in the Chico area.

All other students who were injured have been released from area hospitals to their families. Humboldt State officials are visiting the hospitals today to offer our continuing support to the students and families.

Preview Plus students headed home

4/12/14 at 1:31 p.m. PDT

Students who participated in this week’s Preview Plus program boarded buses and left Arcata at just after 10 a.m. today, heading home to Southern California.

The students had been scheduled for orientation and other activities today. But campus officials decided to get them back to their families early, given the emotional toll of the last two days.

While they were here, the students were given a broad introduction to campus. They joined nearly 400 other students for the Spring Preview program on Friday, and then took part in social activities as well as shortened versions of some of the introductory sessions that had been set for today. Extra staff were on hand well into the evening on Friday to offer students the most benefit and insight during their visit.

Spring Preview day as a whole was a success, introducing more than 500 admitted students to the Humboldt State campus. It went ahead despite the tragic accident on Thursday evening, albeit on a more somber note. The day began with an acknowledgment of the accident and a moment of silence. Then a determined group of HSU staff put on an informative day – with many saying they were dedicating their best efforts to Arthur Arzola, an HSU Admissions counselor who had perished in the accident.

Other updates related to the accident:
HSU and a number of other organizations have set up funds to support those affected by the accident. More information is here.
• During Thursday evening and into Friday, Humboldt State was able to play an important role in helping the Red Cross, CHP and other organizations ensure that families of those affected were contacted. 
CHP has had the primary role in responding to the accident, and HSU will follow its lead in determining when to release additional names of those who died in the accident.
• HSU’s Emergency Operations Center ceased operations at 8 p.m. Friday evening. It had been open continuously since shortly after the accident.

This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for so many people, and there are difficult days ahead. The Humboldt State University community sends our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who died. Our thoughts are with you.

Counseling Available to HSU Community

4/11/14 at 2:55 p.m. PDT

Our hearts go out to those who have been affected, and we are here to support them, and their families, in any way possible.

In light of the accident, the University is offering counseling and support to students, faculty and staff.

Anyone seeking support is encouraged to stop by the 2nd floor of the Student, Health, Wellness & Counseling Center or contact the Counseling Center at 707-826-3236. Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at 443-7358.

Background Information on HSU’s Preview Plus Program

Humboldt State University’s Preview Plus Program is an initiative started in 1989 to help traditionally underrepresented students explore life at Humboldt State University.

The program is administered by HSU’s Student Academic Services Outreach Program, which is part of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Students involved in Preview Plus have been admitted to Humboldt State for the fall 2014 semester but have not necessarily committed to attending the university. Preview Plus is an opportunity for them to tour campus, meet with students and faculty and decide whether the Arcata, Calif., campus is the right fit for them.

Students are recruited from the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fresno areas. Those involved are typically from low-income backgrounds or are the first generation in their family to attend college.

The two-day program includes all the activities part of the Spring Preview Day, which is typically held on a Friday in late March or early April. On Saturday, students attend an expanded program where they learn about the next steps to complete their enrollment; this includes completing financial aid and housing applications and applying to the university’s Educational Opportunity Program.

Students are invited to attend the Preview Plus program and those student are identified by information provided on their college and financial aid applications.

The program provides transportation and is free of charge for the students. Students in the Los Angeles area meet at the Los Angeles Union Station where they are greeted byHSU chaperones. The chaperones are typically HSU alumni or staff members from HSU’s Office of Admissions. Approximately 100 students attend Preview Plus from the Los Angeles area, roughly 50 attend from the San Francisco / Fresno areas.

Staff from Humboldt State University contract with Silverado Stages to provide transportation.

Approximately 45 to 52 percent of the students involved in the program commit to attending HSU.

Last Evening’s Tragic Accident

The following is a message from California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White:

The horrific accident on Interstate-5 Thursday evening near Orland distresses the very soul of the California State University.

A charter bus filled with students, some from the Los Angeles basin, were on their way to visit Humboldt State when the bus they were on collided with a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 near Orland. Ten people were killed, including staff from Humboldt State, and more than 30 people have been injured, some critically, as of this morning.

The proximity of Chico to the accident site meant many students without serious injuries were cared for in the surrounding communities overnight. Presidents Richmond and Zingg have been personally involved. President Richmond traveled the night from Arcata to Chico, visiting injured students in hospitals along the way. The Humboldt campus has been a vital link for parents to connect with students. Humboldt’s staff worked throughout the night to support and comfort the high school students who were on two other buses that were traveling ahead of the accident, and arrived safely in Arcata.

Our campuses prepare for the unimaginable and last night it occurred. Our hearts reach out to the parents, families, friends, colleagues and teachers directly impacted. The CSUfamily grieves with them. No words can sufficiently express our sorrow.
 
We extend deep appreciation to the tremendous efforts of the leadership and staff at Humboldt State and Chico State for their responsiveness and partnership, and to the first responders who risk their lives to help others.
 
I ask the CSU family to hold all in their thoughts and prayers. 

HSU Mourns Loss of Arthur Arzola

A high-resolution photo of Arthur Arzola is available here.

Humboldt State University is saddened to share that Arthur Arzola, a staff member in the Admissions Office, was among those who died in yesterday’s bus accident. He had been accompanying the students on their trip.

Arzola is remembered by colleagues at Humboldt State for his passionate commitment to helping low-income and first-generation students get into college. He dedicated his career to that work. He had been working as HSU’s Admissions representative in the Los Angeles area for the last year.

The campus community extends its deepest condolences to Arthur’s family and friends. Words cannot express our sadness, and we are here to support them in any way possible.

List of High Schools Involved in Bus Accident

The following is a list of High Schools from the Los Angeles-area had students involved with the Thursday April 11 bus crash in Orland, Calif. More information regarding the specific locations of the high schools will be provided as it becomes available.

Adolfo Camarillo High
Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech
Alliance Media Arts and Entertainment Design High School
Animo Inglewood Charter High
Animo Jackie Robinson Charter
Burroughs High
California Academy of Mathematics
Carson Senior High
Century High
Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academy
Downey High
Eastside High
El Monte High
Environmental Charter
Gompers Preparatory Academy
John C. Fremont Senior High
La Sierra High
Loara High
Manual Arts Senior High
Marshall Fundamental
Mayfair High
Middle College High
Norte Vista High
Oxnard High
Pacifica High
Palm Desert High
Phineas Banning Senior High
Pioneer High
Polytechnic High
Pomona Senior High
Renaissance Arts Academy
School for the Visual Arts and
Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High
Ulysses S. Grant Senior High
Valhalla High
West Ranch High
Woodrow Wilson Senior High

Updates on Accident

Here is the latest information that HSU has available about the accident.

· CHP is confirming that the number of casualties is now 10, including the driver of the charter bus and FedEx truck. No other information has been released on the other casualties.

· There are at least 30 injuries, with students being treated at six hospitals throughout the area surrounding the accident scene. They are: Mercy Redding, Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Red Bluff, Glenn Medical Center in Willows, Oroville Hospital and Enloe Medical Center in Chico.

· HSU is providing counseling and other support to the students on the other two charter buses that arrived on campus last night.

· HSU President Rollin Richmond and other staff from the campus arrived in the area overnight. They have been visiting injured students and their parents.

· CSU Chancellor Timothy White will arrive in the area this morning.

· The CHP is having a press conference at 10 a.m. today. Representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board are arriving in the area this morning.

University Expresses Condolences to Accident Victims

The following statement can be attributed to CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

“The entire California State University is deeply saddened tonight as information is unfolding about the lives lost and injuries sustained in a horrific accident involving a bus in route to Humboldt State. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends directly affected, along with the heroic first responders. The Humboldt and Chico State campuses – where many of the injured have been taken – are fully mobilized throughout this evening and into the days ahead as we attend to those needing support and assistance.”

CHP: Nine Casualties in Bus Accident

The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that there were nine casualties in Thursday’s accident involving a charter bus carrying students to Humboldt State University’s April 11 Spring Preview event.

The casualties include the drivers of the bus and the FedEx truck that collided. No further information on the other seven casualties has been released.

The Humboldt State community sends our deepest condolences to all those involved in this tragic accident. We are saddened beyond words.

Updates on Charter Bus Accident

Humboldt State University is continuing to assist families and work closely with investigators looking into the crash of a charter bus carrying students to the April 11 Spring Preview event.

Here are some current updates:

· There were three buses carrying students. Two were from the Los Angeles area and one was from the Fresno area.

· One bus, from the Los Angeles area, was involved in the accident. The other two have made it to HSU.

· HSU is providing support and counseling to the students on the two buses that have arrived at campus. The students have been placed in residence halls on campus. The university is also working diligently to provide information and updates to families.

· HSU President Rollin C. Richmond and a small group of HSU staff are en route to the Chico area in order to personally visit with injured students and families.

· HSU is coordinating with Red Cross, which is on the scene and assisting with housing and other needs.

· HSU is coordinating closely with CHP, as well as with colleagues at California State University, Chico.

[Updated] Accident Involving Tour Bus - Public Information Line

Humboldt State University has set up an information line for those seeking information about Thursday’s crash involving a charter bus bringing prospective students to the university’s Preview Plus program.

Individuals are asked not to call unless absolutely necessary. The line is primarily for parents, families and others who need information about their student, as well as media.

The number is (707) 826-6327.

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[Updated] Accident Involving Tour Bus

Message from HSU President Rollin Richmond:

Dear Friends,

Humboldt State University is deeply saddened by a tragic accident that occurred earlier this evening involving a charter bus filled with prospective students. 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.

The bus was travelling on Interstate 5 near Orland when it collided with a FedEx truck. We are in contact with law enforcement in the area, and are being told of multiple injuries.

Families of students who may have been affected may contact University Police for more information or guidance at (707) 826-5555.

Sincerely,

Rollin C. Richmond
 

Background on HSU’s Preview Plus Program

Students involved in Thursday’s crash were traveling to Humboldt State University with the Preview Plus program.

The 20 year old program, funded by HSU, brings low-income and first-generation prospective college students from the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas to HSU’s campus.

Students in the program visit campus for two days and stay in campus residence halls. On the first day, students attend the annual Spring Preview event with other prospective students. On Saturday, they visit with staff and students from the campus Educational Opportunity Program, which helps historically underrepresented students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals.

[Updated] Accident Involving Tour Bus

4/10/14 at 8:18 p.m. PDT

Message from HSU President Rollin Richmond:

Dear Friends,

Humboldt State University is deeply saddened by a tragic accident that occurred earlier this evening involving a charter bus filled with prospective students. 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.

The bus was travelling on Interstate 5 near Orland when it collided with a FedEx truck. We are in contact with law enforcement in the area, and are being told of multiple injuries.

Families of students who may have been affected may contact University Police for more information or guidance at (707) 826-5555.

Sincerely,

Rollin C. Richmond

Accident Involving Tour Bus

4/10/14 at 7:19 p.m. PDT

Humboldt State University is getting word of an accident involving a charter bus that was bringing a group of prospective students to the university’s April 11 Spring Preview Day. The bus collided with a FedEx truck.

The accident occurred on Interstate-5 near Orland. According to law enforcement in the area, there are numerous confirmed injuries.

HSU is working to find out more information, which will be posted here when available.

Parents and family members of students who were on the bus may contact University Police for more information or guidance at (707) 826-5555.

Humboldt State University