LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) - A tour bus careened through a guardrail on an icy Oregon highway and several hundred feet down an embankment today, killing five people and injuring about 20 others, authorities said.
The charter bus carrying about 40 people lost control around 10:30 a.m. on the snow- and ice-covered lanes of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon State Police.
Lt. Greg Hastings said the accident happened on the west end of the Blue Mountains, and west of an area called "Deadman Pass," where stretches of the highway tend to be icy in winter months.
I-84 is a major east-west highway through Oregon that follows the Columbia River Gorge.
Police did not say where the vehicle was traveling to or from, or information on the company that owns the bus.
Rescue workers were using ropes to help retrieve people from the crash scene.
The bus crash was the second fatal accident in Oregon on Sunday morning. A 69-year-old man died in a rollover accident