Nine Dead in I-84 Oregon Bus Crash

By Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer
January 1, 2013; 7:39 AM ET
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Image captured from live webcam feed of Deadman Pass in rural Oregon.

Nine are dead and more than 20 injured after a charter tour bus drove through a guardrail and off Interstate 84 in rural Oregon Sunday morning.

The bus rolled more than 100 feet down a snowy embankment before coming to a stop and landing upright.

The bus was carrying more than 40 people en route from Las Vegas to Vancouver on icy roads along the west end of the Blue Mountains and west of an area notoriously known as Deadman Pass.

"There was some very light snow in the area, but also some fog, so that could have caused ice to form on the road," Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.

The temperature was around 25 degrees F Sunday morning.

"It is a typically snowy area," Samuhel said.

Though there had not been a big storm for a few days prior to the crash, on average, Meacham, Ore., an area nearby, gets 147 inches of snow per year.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has posted warnings for truck drivers which pass through the area, stating that the pass sees "some of the most changeable and severe weather conditions in the Northwest."

The driver suffered serious injuries and has not yet been able to provide information to investigators.


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