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[KHTS] – A West Ranch High School senior was involved in Thursday’s deadly school bus crash on Interstate 5 near Orland, William S. Hart Union High School District officials confirmed Friday.

Steven Clavijo 2Steven Clavijo, 18, was on the bus that crashed, but survived, said District Spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.

“We’re waiting to confirm that directly with his family,” she said.

The crash occurred around 5:40 p.m. Thursday. The charter bus collided with a FedEx big rig and white Nissan on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif., CHP officials said.

CHP officials said among the dead are five students, three chaperones and two truck drivers. At least 34 passengers were injured.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

The FedEx truck was heading south when it crossed the center line and hit the northbound bus head-on, causing the bus to erupt into flames, CHP officials said.

The reason the FedEx crashed or how the Nissan was involved was not clear.

Nearly 50 people were on board, including the students, a few chaperones and the driver, CHP officials said.

The group of students from Los Angeles and Riverside school districts was heading to Humboldt University’s Spring Preview Day this weekend.

Jonathan Gutierrez, a Wilmington student from Banning High School described the crash as a big bang, and afterwards recalled seeing a ball of fire and so much smoke that it was hard to breathe.

“When I see the pictures now it’s unbelievable. I was in that and something could have happened to me and I am grateful I survived.” Gutierrez said.

The Hart District released a statement about the crash and Clavijo’s condition.

“USA Today has reported that Clavijo survived the crash, as he was interviewed for the story,” Pinsker said in the statement. “We are working on confirming his status directly. This trip was arranged by Humboldt State and not West Ranch High School or the Hart School District and included dozens of students from the Los Angeles area. We do not believe that any other students from Hart District schools were involved. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families and friends of all the students and adults who did not survive and were injured in this horrific accident.”

For the USA Today article, click here.

Samia KhanToni Guinyard and Reggie Kumar of NBC Los Angelescontributed to this report.

 

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  1. A miracle ….truly !

  2. A miracle ….truly !

  3. OMG!! Thank goodness he’s okay. Such a horrible, horrible accident. Praying for all.

  4. OMG!! Thank goodness he’s okay. Such a horrible, horrible accident. Praying for all.

  5. Keri Leiner Keri Leiner says:

    Thankfully he survived. So sad about the others.

  6. Keri Leiner Keri Leiner says:

    Thankfully he survived. So sad about the others.

  7. There are blessings even among the tragedies.

  8. There are blessings even among the tragedies.

  9. Saamie Shrum Saamie Shrum says:

    OMG no way! They didn’t even mention a SCVian was even in the crash! He’s counting his star! Heart. Breaking. :(

  10. Saamie Shrum Saamie Shrum says:

    OMG no way! They didn’t even mention a SCVian was even in the crash! He’s counting his star! Heart. Breaking. :(

  11. Clara Garner Clara Garner says:

    My heart and my prayers go out to all the families. May God give them strength.

  12. Clara Garner Clara Garner says:

    My heart and my prayers go out to all the families. May God give them strength.

  13. Hugs to all the families

  14. Steven is a friend of my son at West Ranch. Such a tragedy and even though he survived this will stay with him for life. My heart goes out to all the families.

  15. Sĩ Palcol Sĩ Palcol says:

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  16. Gloria says:

    Happy to hear that! Praying for all the families. Will share on FB.

  17. Very happy for his family and friends

  18. Wow that’s crazy glad Hes okay my prayers are with everyone else that lost a loved one

  19. God Bless him and his family as well as all the families involved.

  20. Please district, consider get him counseling. Prayers to the families. ..

  21. Is he the only one from SCV?

  22. count your blessing young man…and maybe have a better picture on hand for the media

  23. Jenna Kunkle Jenna Kunkle says:

    Wow, so happy he survived.

  24. Chelsea Best Chelsea Best says:

    So glad to hear Steven is okay! Sending out prayers!

  25. So sad he had to encounter that and witness the whole scene…I’m glad he’s ok!

  26. Its wasn’t time for him yeat

  27. I bet he is seeing LIFE thru a new set of eyes….Blessings on all those lost and thier families. GOD SAVED HIM FOR A REASON…..I PRAY THAT HE DOES SOMETHING SPECIAL WITH HIS “GIFT”

  28. He was very blessed. May he live a life knowing he has selected for this journey.

  29. is this seriously the only picture that was found of him??

  30. Lety Diaz Lety Diaz says:

    My heart and prayers go out to all the families glad he’s okay

  31. Happy to hear he’s ok!! Praying for everyone that went through this & sad for those families that lost a loved one.

  32. really it was not his time !! yet !!

  33. I always steven could take a hit

  34. Linda Tah Linda Tah says:

    Praying for all of those who are affected.

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