Nine people are dead and more than 20 are injured after a charter bus crashed on an icy highway in Oregon, according to Oregon State Police on Sunday.
Police said a preliminary investigation showed the charter bus, carrying about 40 people, “lost control on the snow/ice covered westbound lanes of Interstate 84″ near Pendleton.
The bus crashed through a guardrail and went down an embankment of around 200 feet. People trained in rope rescue were needed to bring victims back up to the highway, police said.
Investigators are still trying to determine whether the crash was weather-related, State Police spokesman Lt. Greg Hastings said.
“We’ll have to move through our investigation throughout the day to try to determine what exactly were the contributing factors,” he said.