Posted: Dec 30, 2012 9:37 PM
PENDLETON, Ore. - Oregon State Police say nine people have died in the Sunday morning bus crash along an icy Oregon highway.
Authorities say the bus careened through a guardrail and down a steep embankment, killing nine and injuring about 20 others.
The charter bus carrying about 40 people lost control around 10:30 a.m. on the snow- and ice-covered lanes of Interstate 84.
The bus came to rest at the bottom of a snowy slope. More than a dozen rescue workers descended the hill and used ropes to help retrieve people from the wreckage in freezing weather.
The bus driver was among the survivors, but had not yet spoken to police because of the severity of his injuries.
Lt. Greg Hastings said the bus crashed along the west end of the Blue Mountains, and west of an area called Deadman Pass.
The bus slid down the hill and landed upright, with little or no debris visible around the crash site.
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