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5 dead in Oregon bus crash

PENDLETON, Ore., Dec. 30 (UPI) —

A charter bus careened off an icy highway in Oregon and crashed Sunday, killing five people and injuring at least 20 others, state police said.

The accident occurred before 10:30 a.m. PST when the driver lost control on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, The (Portland) Oregonian reported. The bus, carrying about 40 people, slammed through a guardrail and tumbled nearly 200 feet down an embankment, preliminary police reports indicated.

The newspaper said police trained in rope rescues were deployed to help bring passengers up the embankment.

Police had not released any information about the charter bus company, or the bus’ route.

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