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El Monte’s Adrian Castro Killed in Bus Crash

by Tim Peterson & Joe Torosian

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El Monte – El Monte football player Adrian Castro was killed Thursday when a bus he was riding on carrying students up to Humboldt State collided with a Fed Ex freight truck in Northern California.

Castro was one of ten people killed when the Fed Ex truck crossed a median on Interstate 5 and slammed into the bus filled with at least 19 other Los Angeles Unified students. The victims included five students, three chaperones, the bus driver and the driver of the truck. The accident occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m Thursday near Orland, California.

There were three El Monte High School students on the bus. The other two have been hospitalized and are being treated for injuries.

Castro played on the El Monte varsity roster for the last two years.

“Adrian Castro will be missed as a student and football player. He was a good young man with a bright future. He will always be remembered by the El Monte family,” said El Monte head coach Joel Sanchez.

“I want to pay my respects to Adrian Castro. He was a student and an athlete. He was going on a visit to a university to continue his education. He will be missed,” said El Monte High teacher and long time area football coach Ted Clarke.

El Monte offensive coordinator Brian Tabatabai also expressed his sentiments.
“Adrian Castro was a rock star student who had a bright future. It was an honor to be his teacher and coach. I’m a better man for it,” Tabatabai said.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
El Monte’s Adrian Castro Killed in Bus Crash