Orland – Arthur Arzola, 26, of Rancho Cucamonga, has perished in a crash that left five adults and five students dead, and many more injured.
The tragic events unfolded on Thursday evening, April 10, when a bus of high school students – many from Southern California – traveling to Humboldt State University in Arcata was reportedly side-swiped by a Federal Express truck. The bus was on the Interstate 5 freeway passing through Orland (in the northern Sacramento Valley) when the accident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Officials are still determining what caused the fiery incident that claimed so many.
Arzola, who was an admissions counselor and recruiter for Humboldt State University, was a graduate of Don Lugo High School, Class of 2006. He served as ASB President in 2005-06. Arzola also attended the University of La Verne, where he recently earned an educational counseling credential as a graduate student.
Arzola is said to have had a passion for helping students realize their academic dreams. He is survived by his wife, Krystle.