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Old 12-30-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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Five killed in bus wreck near Pendleton; 20 injured
Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012 2:07 pm

An Oregon State Police press release said five people were killed and another 20 transported to area hospitals after a charter bus crashed Sunday on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton.
OSP troopers and local emergency responders are on scene of a Sunday morning bus crash in which at least one person is confirmed deceased along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Pendleton. Westbound lanes are closed for an unknown period at milepost 228. The following brief details are being released at this time and updates will be provided as appropriate during the day via news releases.
Preliminary information indicates on December 30, 2012 prior to 10:30 a.m., a passenger bus carrying an unconfirmed number of people lost control on the snow/ice covered westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 227. The bus crashed through a guardrail and when down an embankment an estimated couple hundred feet before coming to a rest.
Multiple area emergency responding agencies are on scene and will be through the day. Information will continue to be released via news releases when confirmed and approved by scene incident command.
Other information from OSP:
* Three (3) fixed wing medical aircraft are standing by at Pendleton-area airport to transported any injured to out-of-area hospitals
* Personnel trained for rope rescues are on scene helping retrieve people from the crash scene back to the highway
* Emergency responders from multiple agencies in the Umatilla and Union county areas are on scene
* The charter bus appears to be carrying an estimated 40 people. No information regarding the charter bus company or where they were traveling from or to is being released at this time. Many details still being confirmed.
This is the second fatal crash in northeast Oregon this morning. Area roads are slick because of snow and ice. OSP and ODOT urge all drivers to go slow and safe for the road conditions where they are traveling. Up-to-date road and weather conditions are available on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

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Old 12-30-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
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Ugggg.....not good....those buses are usually pretty good but wonder if it had no chains??.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:56 PM   #3
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What a tragic holiday for those people. Wishing them all the best.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:01 PM   #4
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I heard about this just awhile ago when i was at Bi-Mart. After thinking about it i heard a bunch of responders heading out of town while i was at church this morning.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:14 PM   #5
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Do I understand there was a seperate accident this morniing? Thi sis the second.
ARe they both buses or just the one you mentioned?

Hope the first responder s can help. That isnot a fun hill to come down dry.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:15 PM   #6
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For those of you familiar with the area ........ the crash site is about mp 227, on the westbound side ..... between Deadman's Pass Rest Area and the ODOT Weigh Station. The road is relatively straight and flat in that area.
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Man that sucks. Is it snowing out there? Like Teeb says, it is straight out there.
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Do I understand there was a seperate accident this morniing? Thi sis the second.
ARe they both buses or just the one you mentioned?

Hope the first responder s can help. That isnot a fun hill to come down dry.
I only heard about one. I hope there wasn't another.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:28 PM   #9
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There was another fatal this morning involving a single pickup truck.
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Here's a photo of the bus. Take a look at the hill it came down. Wow. Just so sad for so many.

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OSP: 9 people died in the bus crash near Pendleton. At least 39 others injured. Bus was traveling from Las Vegas, NV back to Vancouver B.C.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:32 PM   #12
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Man that sucks. Is it snowing out there? Like Teeb says, it is straight out there.
Not right now. It snowed last night, but has been pretty nice most of the day.

More pics here: http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local...LtPQf2RVg.cspx
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:37 PM   #13
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Salt is bad for vehicles and waterways, but.....helps keep vehicles on the road.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:50 PM   #14
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Wow, that is really bad.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:14 PM   #15
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There was a 2nd crash near Stanfield with 1 fatality, Pick up not a bus.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:17 PM   #16
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I bet my uncle in Pendleton is very busy tonight. He is a er doctor and they are in good hands.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:19 PM   #17
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Sorry to hear about such a tragic accident. I almost went up there this morning to play in the snow with the family but after leaving the house and slipping around in the suburban opted to stay down here. Was fishin behind the rodeo grounds when all the first responders left town and seen the life flight crew at the hospital.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:28 PM   #18
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I did not drive in Eastern Oregon today. However I did a lot of driving in both Eastern OR and Eastern WA over the Christmas holiday. All I can say is, I-84 was the worst maintained major road I drove on the entire trip. Let me restate that. I-84 had no snow removable when I drove on it. I-84 had 4”+ of new snow, and still snowing most of my drive. There was enough snow that traffic was only using one lane each direction. I never saw a single snow plow on I-84 the entire trip. Other major state roads were being plowed non-stop the “minute” it started to snow. Most WA state roads were getting plowed about every hour regardless of the amount that it had snowed.

I asked a local about the non-stop plowing of state roads. He told me this was the safest way to deal with the snow on the roads. If snow was left too long, it would compact down to become very slippery ice when driven on. When it stops snowing and the sun comes out, it takes much longer for compacted ice to melt off than for a very thin layer of snow to melt off.

Not sure what was going on with the poor snow removal on I-84 this holiday season? Maybe Federal budget cuts? Sorry to see several fatal accidents. However, after experiencing the very bad driving conditions on I-84 a few days ago, it is understandable how they happened, but not why it happened.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:43 PM   #19
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So sad. Thoughts and prayers to all involved.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:59 PM   #20
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Man that sucks. Is it snowing out there? Like Teeb says, it is straight out there.
Gets pretty windy though. I could see a bus getting blown around if it wasn't wearing studs.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:55 PM   #21
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I drive that 2-3 times/week, all year long. I've seen a lot of wrecks/carnage over the years. Most of the places I see wrecks on "The Hill" are places where I've seen them before.

This tragic accident is in what I would consider an "odd" place for a wreck on that particular stretch of freeway.(At least when the fog isn't in play)

Long straight stretch on a barely discernible incline, not windy at the time, road conditions were really not that bad. The left lane can be deceivingly slick, but the right lane gets gravel and/or chemicals applied on a very timely basis.



I'm more concerned about the well being of the survivors than the cause of the crash, but I will admit I am very curious how this happened and what other factors were in play.

Prayers for the familes.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:52 PM   #22
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The wind on that Mt can be horrible. My dad had his 5th wheel trailer on two wheels going up that hill one time. The wind almost turned her over.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:44 AM   #23
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Very sad situation for everyone involved.

I drove through this area on my way back from Boise Idaho last Monday. The road was covered in snow. Only the right lane was plowed and had gravel layed down, the left lane was all white. Yet, there were still impatient drivers flying past people doing 70-80mph in the left lane. Also had a smaller public transit bus on route from La Grande to Pendleton past me doing about 75mph. Then I had someone fly past me, spitting up rocks and cracking my windshield.

It's not necessary the road that makes driving conditions dangerous, other drivers contribute to it too. I wish the best for those in the hospital, and condolences to the families of the deceased.

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It sounds like it was full of Foreign people from Japan. Very sad...
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:03 PM   #25
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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Survivors of a bus crash that killed nine people on a partly icy section of interstate in rural Eastern Oregon said Monday some passengers were thrown from the vehicle through broken windows after it skidded out of control, smashed through a guardrail and plummeted 200 feet down an embankment.
When the tour bus came to a rest, terrified passengers looked around for their loved ones.
"Some mothers screamed to find their son or daughter," said Jaemin Seo, a 23-year-old exchange student from Suwon, South Korea.

The charter bus, owned by a British Columbia company, crashed Sunday just east of Pendleton while returning to Canada from Las Vegas — one of the stops on a nine-day western tour.
Aboard were 48 people, some of them exchange students from South Korea. Some passengers were from British Columbia, and some from Washington state. Investigators say there also may have been a Japanese passenger and one from Taiwan, and they're working with consular officials from those nations to identify them.
The survivors, who range in age from 7 to 74, were sent to 10 hospitals in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. At least 10 were released Monday, police said.
Authorities said Monday it could be a month or more before investigators and prosecutors decide whether to file any charges against the bus driver, a 54-year-old Vancouver, B.C., man who was among the injured. He has spoken with investigators, Lt. Gregg Hastings said.
The bus was traveling westbound in the left lane of Interstate 84 when it hit a concrete barrier, veered across both westbound lanes and plunged through the guardrail and down the embankment, Hastings said. Police haven't determined how fast the bus was going when it struck the center barrier.
The crash occurred near a spot on the interstate called Deadman Pass, at the top of a steep, seven-mile descent from the Blue Mountains. That section of road is so notorious that state transportation officials published a warning for truck drivers saying it has "some of the most changeable and severe weather conditions in the Northwest."
Still, Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Tom Strandberg said that while there were icy spots where the crash occurred, it was nothing unusual for this time of year.
He said a sanding truck had applied sand a few hours earlier and was behind the bus making another run when the crash occurred. The sand truck driver was among the first at the scene.
The highway has been shut down several times this winter, mostly due to crashed trucks blocking the roadway, Strandberg said. A decision to close the road or require chains is made by the local maintenance crew, he said.
Seo said he was awakened by screaming and was ejected from a broken window as the bus careened down the hill. Seo had a broken ankle, a gash in his arm that required stitches and shallow scratches across his face. He is an exchange student from South Korea studying in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Berlyn Sanderson, 22, of Surrey, British Columbia, said she also was thrown from the bus.
"It's kind of like one of those dreams you have of the world ending," Sanderson told reporters.
Rescuers faced the challenge of bringing survivors 200 feet up a steep cliff, Pendleton Fire Chief Gary Woodson said. They descended the hill and used ropes to help retrieve people from the wreckage in freezing weather.
Some survivors were carried on backboards by six or eight rescuers. Others were hoisted in baskets, and an all-terrain vehicle arrived toward the end of the operation, Woodson said.
Officials said 39 people were taken to hospitals, and 10 of them had been treated and released.
The National Transportation Safety Board said two investigators were expected to arrive at the crash site Monday. They will look into why the bus left the road, the condition of the road at the time, the condition of the guardrail, the actions of the driver, and the operations of the company that owns the bus, the agency said.
The Oregonian newspaper quoted one survivor, 25-year-old Yoo Byung Woo, as saying he and some other passengers thought the driver was "going too fast."
"I worried about the bus," Yoo said, adding it was snowing and foggy at the time. He said one rider was frightened and asked if they could take another route. Some passengers were dozing when the driver slammed on the brakes.
Yoo said rocks smashed through windows after the bus crashed through the guard rail and rolled down. The NTSB said the bus rolled at least once.
Umatilla County Emergency Manager Jack Remillard said the bus was owned by Mi Joo Tour & Travel in Vancouver, B.C.
A bus safety website run by the U.S. Department of Transportation said Mi Joo has six buses, none of which have been involved in any accidents in at least the past two years.
A spokesman for the NTSB, Peter Knudson, said seatbelts aren't required on such buses. "We have been concerned about this for some time," Knudson said.
The local Red Cross shelter has been offering food, clothing and hotel arrangements for survivors as they are released from the hospital. Passengers' relatives also have gone to the shelter, seeking information about their loved ones.
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