Nine people were killed and 26 more injured after a charter bus crashed through a guard rail and fell several hundred feet down an embankment. The crash occurred while the bus was traveling on Interstate 84 in Oregon Sunday morning.
Oregon State Police have not said what factors may have contributed to the crash, but pictures and video of the crash site show roads covered in ice. The crash occurred in a mountainous area 10 miles east of Pendleton, Oregon in the northeastern part of the state.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the bus belonged to Mi Joo Tour & Travel of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The bus was traveling from Las Vegas to Vancouver when it crashed. Officials investigating the incident weren’t able to confirm how many people were on the bus but estimated there were about 40 people traveling aboard.
The driver of the bus, described only as a male, survived, “but investigators have not been able to speak to [him] because of the severity of injuries and medical care,” the Oregon State Police said in a statement.
The passengers who did not survive the crash were all declared dead at the scene. The 26 injured passengers were rushed to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. Five of those were later taken to other hospitals for treatment.
Umatilla County Emergency Manager Jack Remillard told the Los Angeles Times that the spot where the bus crashed has claimed a number of lives over the years. “It’s a rough stretch of road up there … Right where that’s at is probably two or three miles of straight stretch. It’s a freeway. It’s a nice road when it’s decent weather, but when it’s slick, it can get treacherous,” Mr. Remillard told the Los Angeles Times.
A separate crash on I-84 in Northeastern Oregon Sunday morning claimed the life of a 69-year-old man whose Ford F-350 pickup hit an ice patch on the road and the vehicle flipped two and a half times, the Los Angeles Times reported.