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Tragic bus crash: Grief, uncertainty online

  • People are talking about the California bus crash that killed 10 and injured dozens more
  • An admissions officer is among the deceased
Tragic bus crash: Grief, uncertainty online

How do you talk about a tragedy when you don't know the details? This is the challenge facing students and friends of people affected by Thursday's fiery California bus crash that left at least 10 dead and 30 injured. 

The bus was carrying high school students, chaperones and college staff to Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, when it collided with a FedEx truck and burst into flames Thursday afternoon. 

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office has identified victim, Arthur Arzola, as a 26-year-old admissions counselor at Humboldt.  

Michael Myvette and his fiancé Mattison Haywood also died in the accident. According to the California Highway Patrol, 31 people were transported from the crash to area hospitals, and the victims were students, chaperones and Humboldt staff.

The names of the other seven fatalities have not been released, and people on social media are trying to find a way to channel their grief. One survivor of the crash appeared to tweet through his experience, even sending a bloody Snapchat from his hospital bed. 

Other students and people from various high schools expressed grief and doubt. Los Angeles area high schools chimed in with support. 

Humboldt State University changed their Facebook picture to a single candle, and has been updating students and community members on a regular basis.

According to the Lumberjack, the HSU student newspaper, Humboldt State University President Rollin Richmond spoke to students about the crash on Friday morning.  

“Our hearts go out to the students and their families after today's bus collision with high school students heading to HSU's Spring Preview," HSU's website read. "More information is available at or at (707) 826- INFO (4636).”

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