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Published On: Mon, Dec 31st, 2012

Hospital says 46 were aboard Oregon bus that crashed, killing 9

A hospital official said Monday that it appears 46 people were aboard a tour bus that crashed through a guardrail and down a slope on an icy stretch of interstate in northeastern Oregon, killing nine passengers.

Oregon bus crash photo in snowLarry Blanc, a spokesman for St. Anthony Hospital in nearby Pendleton, said Monday that 14 of those aboard remain at St. Anthony, one in serious condition. Seven were discharged Sunday and are in the care of the Red Cross.

Blanc says 16 people were sent to other hospitals in the region, including the Oregon Health & Science University hospital in Portland.

The bus crashed Sunday morning along a stretch of Interstate 84 known for snowy, icy conditions in the winter.

The bus crashed through a guardrail alongside the road and went down an embankment of around 200 feet. Crews trained in rope rescue were needed to bring victims back up to the highway, police said.

Source confirm to The Global Dispatch that the tour bus was full of foreign exchange students and “they believe all of those that died” were students. The passenger described a horrific scene of breaking glass as the bus rolled (and/or flipped) down the hillside (speaking through a translator)

The source was Korean but couldn’t confirm if all of the passengers were from one particular country. “Most are Korean, Japanese or from Taiwan” but didn’t know for sure.

The bus is owned by Mi Joo Tour & Travel in Vancouver, B.C. An employee at Mi Joo Tour & Travel, Ryan Choi, said the company rents out its tour buses to travel companies.

The group was on the final day of a nine-day tour, Choi said, returning to Canada after stopping in Las Vegas.

Photo: screenshot of ABC coverage: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/killed-oregon-tour-bus-crash-84-18096026#.UOHhcm_BGyQ

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