The National Transportation Safety Board is assessing a series of questions surrounding last week’s crash of a FedEx Freight tractor-trailer and a bus in Northern California that killed 10 people and said it will have a preliminary report in about 30 days.
NTSB launched a “go-team” to investigate the crash, in which the truck, carrying a double-trailer, crossed over the center median on Interstate 5 and hit the motor coach head-on in Orland, Calif., on April 10. Both drivers and eight passengers on the bus were killed, including five high school students.
Some reports over the weekend — including the driver of a car the truck reportedly swiped after it crossed the median and before it hit the bus — said the truck may have been on fire before impact. The driver took a cellphone video that the agency is examining, NTSB member Mark Rosekind said at an April 13 press conference.
Rosekind said NTSB did not rule out that possibility but that there was “no evidence of pre-impact fire” on the truck. He said a blood test of the FedEx truck driver could indicate whether he inhaled smoke before his death.