UPDATE: Monday, December 31, 2012
A survivor of a deadly bus crash in Eastern Oregon says she and several other passengers were ejected after the tour bus smashed through a guardrail and plummeted down an embankment
Twenty-two-year-old Berlyn Sanderson of Canada says windows on the bus broke as it careened down the embankment, and she and a number of others were thrown out.
She says the bus began skidding on ice before it hit the guardrail on Interstate 84 and plummeted 100 feet down an embankment.
Sunday's crash killed nine people and sent more than 30 others to hospitals.
It occurred on a section of I-84 that is notorious for its icy conditions during the winter.
The bus was returning to British Columbia from a trip to Las Vegas. Some of the passengers were exchange students from South Korea.
Monday, December 31, 2012
A federal agency has sent two investigators to the site of an Eastern Oregon tour bus crash that killed nine people.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday it would look into the conditions on Interstate 84 and the guardrail the tour bus crashed through Sunday morning. It also will examine the operations of the Vancouver, British Columbia, bus carrier.
The agency says the 1998-model bus rolled at least once when it wrecked on a long descent known for dangerous winter driving conditions.
More than 40 people were aboard the bus traveling from Las Vegas to Vancouver. On Monday, 14 remained at a hospital in nearby Pendleton. Sixteen had been sent to other hospitals.
A passenger tells The Oregonian the bus was carrying mostly exchange students from South Korea.