9 dead, 26 injured in bus crash on icy Oregon road

Credit: Tim Trainor/ East Oregonian

9 dead, 26 injured in bus crash on icy Oregon road

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by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff, & KTVB

WCNC.com

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 5:26 AM

PENDLETON, Ore. -- At least nine people have been killed in a bus crash on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, Oregon Sunday morning, police said.

Pendleton Fire Chief Gary Woodson says around 39 people have been transported to area hospitals.

Twenty-six people were transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton; five of those patients were transported to another hospital for treatment. Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande received four patients, three of who have been released and one is being checked for minor injuries. Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla says they have received four adults, three of who are in serious condition. No condition was available for the fourth person.

Just before 10:30 a.m. PST, a charter bus carrying around 40 people lost control on the snow and ice covered westbound lanes of the interstate. The bus then crashed through a guardrail near milepost 228 and went down an embankment, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.

The bus traveled an estimated couple hundred feet before coming to a rest, Hastings said.

OSP says the bus driver survived the crash, but due to the severity of the driver's injuries and medical care, investigators have not been able to talk to him.

Police say the bus was reportedly enroute back to Vancouver, British Columbia after a trip to Las Vegas. They also say the bus was from Mi Joo Tour and Travel out of Vancouver.

Chief Woodson says Umatilla Tribal Fire Department handled the initial call. Other agencies that responded are: Pendleton Fire & Ambulance Service, Pilot Rock Rural Fire Protection District, East Umatilla Health District, Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department, Walla Wall Fire Department, Union County Ambulance, Hermiston Fire & Emergency Services, Life Flight, Umatilla Tribal Police Department, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Oregon Department of Transportation says I-84 westbound is back open after being closed for several hours due to the crash.

Travelers can also call 511 or 800-977-6368 or click here for updates.

 

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