LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday honored a student who survived a fiery bus crash that claimed the lives of 10 people in Orland last month.

The collision took place April 10 when a FedEx truck crossed the median of Interstate 5 and hit the bus, which was carrying 43 high school students and three adult chaperones.

Miles Hill, 18, kicked out a window to escape a deadly firestorm, which allowed other students to exit the bus.

Councilman Gil Cedillo awarded Hill, who suffered serious burns and a broken collarbone, with a certificate of recognition for his heroism during a 10 a.m. ceremony in downtown Los Angeles.

Hill said he’s glad he didn’t give up, but is saddened that the crash claimed several lives.

“There are still 10 people that didn’t make it out and that’s unfortunate,” he told CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold.

Five students and five adults, including two drivers, were killed in the crash.


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