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No Sign FedEx Truck Braked Before Deadly Crash: NTSB

Investigators say there is no sign the driver of a FedEx truck had used the brakes in the seconds before a deadly crash that killed 10 people.
Posted at 8:17 AM, Apr 13, 2014

Investigators say there is no sign the driver of a FedEx truck had used the brakes in the seconds before a deadly crash that killed 10 people in Northern California Thursday.

In a news conference Saturday, the National Transportation Safety Board said there were no tire marks on the road when the FedEx truck reportedly drove over into oncoming traffic — meaning the truck's driver likely didn't hit the brakes. (Via KXTV)

Meanwhile, investigators also say the driver of the bus involved in the crash hit the brakes nearly 150 feet before the accident. Passengers on the bus also said the driver tried steering out of the way and honked on the horn. (Via KNBC)

KCBS points out the bus was also new and had seat belts. At this point though, the NTSB says it's not clear whether the students were actually wearing them at the time of the crash.

According to KOVR, the NTSB also announced Saturday the driver of the FedEx truck involved in the crash had taken over for another driver who drove from Los Angeles to Sacramento — about an hour away from the crash site.

The NTSB says officers with the California Highway Patrol also took blood samples from both drivers to see if they had drugs or alcohol in their systems.

This new information comes just two days after the crash killed 10 people, including five students and the two drivers, Thursday. (Via KGO-TV)

So far, it's not clear why the FedEx truck veered into oncoming traffic, but CNN reports witnesses said they saw flames coming from the truck right before the deadly accident.

KNBC reports investigators are also looking into the possibility that the driver could have been "incapacitated." Results from the NTSB's investigation aren't expected for several months.