Bus in crash carried underrepresented students

Massive flames are seen devouring both vehicles just after the crash, and clouds of smoke billowed into the sky  Thursday April 10, 2014 until firefighters had quenched the fire, leaving behind scorched black hulks of metal. The FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median in Northern California and slammed into the bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college. At least nine were killed in the fiery crash, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett)
Massive flames are seen devouring both vehicles just after the crash, and clouds of smoke billowed into the sky Thursday April 10, 2014 until firefighters had quenched the fire, leaving behind scorched black hulks of metal. The FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median in Northern California and slammed into the bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college. At least nine were killed in the fiery crash, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett)

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.

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