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College hopefuls are met with deadly disaster

A group of students—many first-generation prospective college students—were Friday involved in a deadly freeway collision that left 10 dead and several others injured.

The Los Angeles Unified School District confirmed that there were 19 students from the district on the trip but that other districts had students on board, as well. District officials could not confirm whether any LAUSD students were among those killed, and furthermore, had no updates on the condition of any LAUSD students.

CNN reports that a FedEx truck crossed a freeway median and collided head-on with one of three buses, all of which were headed to Humboldt State University for a college preview weekend. Both drivers were killed, along with five youths and three chaperones, CNN reported.

Thirty-one others were transported to local hospitals.

Only Arthur Arzola, an admissions counselor for Humboldt State, has been identified as one of the 10 deceased. Severe burns and wreckage have prevented officials from identifying the rest of the bodies, CNN reports.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Friday that it is sending a team to investigate further causes in the crash.

Our hearts go out to the families and friends of this tragedy. West Angeles Church’s Education and Enrichment Department has 200 students enrolled in upward bound educational programs and four of our students were meant to be on one of the buses today. In a statement, Deacon John Wilson said:

“Of course, we offer our prayers to families and friends who lost a family member or were injured on those buses and we look forward to helping anyone who reaches out to us at this time. Though we have 200 youth in our program, and we had four who were almost on that trip that did not go, we still recognize the tragedy and loss that the other families have suffered at this time. Again, our prayers are with everyone on this and we are in contact with the admissions people at the school to offer our help as they are having to go through a weekend with the youth that did show up—let’s remember that and pray for them as well.”

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The other buses made it to the university, and those students were placed in dorms and offered counseling, Humboldt officials said.

We will continue to follow the story closely as it unfolds.  Please join us in prayer.

Photo compliments of CNN.