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Hundreds mourn twin killed in California bus crash

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- An identical twin sister who was among the 10 people killed in an explosive freeway collision in Northern California was remembered Sunday as a devout, caring and studious girl with big dreams.

Marisa Serrato was on a chartered bus taking Los Angeles-area high school seniors for a visit to Humboldt State University on April 10 when the bus was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer on Interstate 5, north of Sacramento.

Her twin Marisol was on a different bus that made it safely to the campus.

Several universities had accepted the sisters, but both were leaning toward attending Humboldt State.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says Marisol told the more than 300 mourners at Pierce Brothers-Crestlawn Mortuary that she and Marisa were inseparable for 17 years, but that it was time to let her sister go.

She said her sister had a compassionate heart.

“The person I am today is because Marisa made me that way,” Marisol said. “I believe the best way we could honor her memory is to follow in her example of kindness.”

The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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