A delivery truck has ploughed into a bus carrying American students in northern California, killing ten people and injuring at least 30.
The bus was bringing high school students form Los Angeles to tour Humboldt State University on Thursday, which is about a six-hour drive north of San Francisco.
“My understanding is the FedEx truck crossed the highway divide, and it was a head on collision with our bus,” Joyce Lopes, a university official, told AFP.
The university said the dead included the drivers of the two vehicles.
Images of the bus showed a fire-gutted wreck, with the once-white metal exterior blackened and crumpled.
On the bus were low-income and first-generation prospective university students, travelling as part of a university-sponsored program to introduce them to the college and other prospective students.
“Students were transported to six different hospitals, because it was a fairly remote place … where the accident occurred,” Lopes explained, adding it was taking time to track down each student.
Two bus passengers were in critical condition, said Enloe Medical Center, which had received 11 of the injured passengers.
Four were in fair condition and five had been discharged, the statement added.
Another local hospital had discharged all five of the injured crash victims it had treated, according to the New York Times.
“The Humboldt State community sends our deepest condolences to all those involved in this tragic accident. We are saddened beyond words,” the university said in a statement.
“Our hearts go out to those who have been affected, and we are here to support them, and their families, in any way possible,” HSU president Rollin Richmond had said earlier.
US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.
President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”
I WON THE ELECTION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”
He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more! https://t.co/Exb3C1mAPg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.
However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.
Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead
Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.
The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.
Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.
Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.
He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.
Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.
US Election Is Far From Over — Trump
Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”
“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.
“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.
“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.
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