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Arthur Arzola, Adrian Castro, Mattison Haywood, Michael Myvett Confirmed as Victims in Deadly Humboldt State University Tour Bus Crash

Victim Arthur Arzola.

Victim Arthur Arzola.

By Brian Hews

The names of the 10 victims who perished in a horrific bus crash along Interstate 5 in Northern California on Thursday are beginning to emerge.

Two of the confirmed victims are Arthur Arzola, a 26-year-old resident of Rancho Cucamonga who worked as an admissions counselor at Humboldt State University, and Adrian Castro, a student who attended El Monte High School.  Two other’s that have been confirmed as dead are Mattison Haywood and her fiancee Michael Myvett.

El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero took to his Facebook page on Friday to talk openly about the tragedy.

“This is a very sad day in the City of El Monte. Some of our youth were on a trip to explore one of California’s state universities. Filled with excitement and hope, their trip was cut short because of a tragic collision,” Qunitero said.

“As a father, my heart breaks for the parents and loved ones of the young people who passed in this tragic event. I’m asking my friends to pray for the families of those that died and for a speedy recovery for those injured. As I get more information, I will post updates,” Quintero said.

According to authorities, of the 10 dead, 5 were students, 3 were chaperones on the bus, the bus driver and the driver of a FedEx truck that was involved in the crash.   It is being reported that 46 people were on the bus.

Those Los Angeles Unified schools include:

— San Fernando Senior High School

— Susan Miller Dorsey High School

— John C. Fremont High School

— City of Angels School and Virtual Academy

— Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

— Manual Arts Senior High School

— Banning High School

— Carson Senior High School

— Cesar Chavez Learning Academies

— Diego Rivera Learning Complex

— Belmont High School

— Woodrow Wilson Senior High School

— Chatsworth Charter High School

— Thomas Jefferson High School Educational Complex

— Middle College High School.

Those in Whittier Union High School District include:

— Pioneer High School

Other schools that had students on the trip:

— West Ranch High in Santa Clarita

— Norte Vista High School in Riverside.

Other schools participating in the Humboldt State University tour according to the school’s emergency page:

— La Sierra High

— Adolfo Camarillo High

— Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech

— Ulysses S. Grant Senior High

— Oxnard High

— Century High

— Eastside High

— School for the Visual Arts and

— Environmental Charter Burroughs High

— Mayfair High

— California Academy of Mathematics

— Pacifica High Century High

— Animo Inglewood Charter High

— Alliance Media Arts and Entert

— Renaissance Arts Academy

— Polytechnic High

— Valhalla High

— Gompers Preparatory Academy

— Animo Inglewood Charter High

— Palm Desert High

— Animo Jackie Robinson Charter

— Downey High

— Loara High

— Marshall Fundamental

— Pomona Senior High


Also on Friday, Humboldt State University officials had the following statement on their web site regarding the situation.

“There was a tragic accident on Thursday, April 10 involving high school students who were on a charter bus headed to Humboldt State University’s Spring Preview event. It occurred on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif., at approximately 5:41 p.m. when a FedEx truck collided with the bus.

The CHP has confirmed that there were 10 fatalities and more than 30 injuries. No further information has been released about the victims. Injured students were taken to six hospitals in the area near the accident.

The Humboldt State community sends its deepest condolences to the friends and families of those affected. We are doing everything possible to provide support and assistance.

Parents or families seeking more information or guidance should dial 707-826-6327. For more information and updates, visit humboldt.edu/emergency.”