VIDEO: Witness Describes Horrific Bus Crash Scene

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The California Highway Patrol says nine people were killed Thursday when a FedEx truck collided with a charter bus in Glenn County.

Of the 48 people reportedly on board, officials say 34 were taken to hospitals.

READ: CHP Updates Crash Investigation

“We heard an explosion. We came outside and everything was already on fire,” witness Luis Lopez told FOX40.

VIDEO: 10 People Now Confirmed Dead in Horrific Crash

The bus was carrying high schoolers from the Los Angeles area to a prospective student event at Humboldt State University.

Lopez reported hearing screams and cries for help. Before he was able to get closer, emergency crews had responded.

“There was a man that ran out and his back was on fire,” Lopez said.

Highway Patrol said the crash happened when the FedEx semi truck went through the center divide, clipped a car and hit the bus head on.

READ: Humboldt State Responds to Bus Crash

PHOTOS: 10 Die in Bus Crash, Images Capture Magnitude of Accident

UPDATE: Several Hospitals Take in Crash Victims

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