The charter bus was out of British Columbia, heading there from Las Vegas.

Early Sunday, shortly after 10:30am, emergency crews from nearly 15 different agencies responded to the report of a crash involving a charter bus that rolled down a hill near Cabbage Hill not far from Pendleton on I-84.

The bus was carrying at least 40 passengers,  and apparently slid on the icy road, broke the guardrail, and rolled down a steep embankment several hundred feet.  Sadly, 9 people are confirmed dead, with at least 26 injured and in hospitals around the Northwest.

Authorities still have not released names, pending notification of relatives for bot the deceased and injured.  We have some photographs of the incident.  It perhaps serves as a reminder to drive extra carefully, and maybe even delay travel until conditions improve.  The Oregon roads were hit much harder than most of ours in the Columbia Basin.

This story even made national news on Fox, CNN and other sources.

(All photos courtesy Oregon State Patrol-Oregon State Department of Transportation)

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