Oregon bus crash leaves 9 dead, 20 wounded
Nine people are dead and more than 20 are injured after a charter bus crashed on an icy highway in Oregon, according to Oregon State Police on Sunday.
Police said a preliminary investigation showed the charter bus, carrying about 40 people, “lost control on the snow/ice covered westbound lanes of Interstate 84″ near Pendleton.
The bus crashed through a guardrail and went down an embankment of around 200 feet. People trained in rope rescue were needed to bring victims back up to the highway, police said.
Investigators are still trying to determine whether the crash was weather-related, State Police spokesman Lt. Greg Hastings said.
“We’ll have to move through our investigation throughout the day to try to determine what exactly were the contributing factors,” he said.
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The bus driver survived the crash but investigators had not be able to speak to the person early this evening because of the severity of the driver’s injuries, officials said.
“There are various types of injuries. Some of the injured were able to walk in on their own,” Larry Blanc, the St. Anthony hospital’s director of communications. said. “We are taking a lot of CT scans and assessing the injuries.”
Officials are not yet releasing the bus company, but said the bus was enroute on a return trip from Las Vegas, Nevada to Vancouver, British Columbia.
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