Local woman survives deadly Oregon bus crash

January 8, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

Police said a 67-year-old Issaquah woman sustained injuries in a deadly Oregon bus crash Dec. 30.

The crash along Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon left nine passengers dead and 38 injured, including Issaquah resident Choon-Sook Yang. Oregon State Police officials said she received treatment for unspecified injuries at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.

Investigators said the charter bus skidded on ice, crashed through a guardrail and tumbled down a steep embankment near Pendleton, on a stretch known as Deadman Pass, at about 10:05 a.m.

Police said the bus carried 47 people, as the coach struck a concrete barrier along the left shoulder, veered across both westbound lanes, and then tumbled 200 feet down the snow-covered embankment about 40 miles southwest of Walla Walla.

Police initially believed the bus carried 48 people, but later realized the coach carried 47 people, including the driver.

Investigators said the deceased crash victims included four men, four women and a girl.

The initial 911 call came at 10:09 a.m. Crews then descended on ropes to the wreckage to rescue passengers. Rescuers transported passengers to hospitals in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

The bus, a charter from Mi Joo Tour & Travel based in Vancouver, British Columbia, was en route to Vancouver from Las Vegas when the crash occurred.

Oregon State Police investigators continue to probe the crash. Police and the National Transportation Safety Board said the crash investigation could take several weeks to complete.

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