PENDLETON – Five people were killed and 20 others were injured when a charter bus slid on ice and crashed on Interstate 84 near Pendleton Sunday morning, police said.
Just before 10:30 a.m., a charter bus carrying around 40 people lost control on the snow and ice covered westbound lanes of the interstate. The bus then crashed through a guardrail near milepost 227 and went down an embankment, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.
The bus traveled an estimated couple hundred feet before coming to a rest, Hastings said.
Crews trained for rope rescues are at the scene helping retrieve people from the crashed bus.
Multiple other emergency crews are on the scene and three medical aircraft are standing by at the Pendleton-area airport to transport people to hospitals.
Westbound lanes are closed in the La Grande area.
The bus crash was the second fatal crash in northeast Oregon on Sunday morning, due to icy conditions. A 69-year-old man died in a rollover accident at about 7:30 a.m. on I-84 near Stanfield.
KGW will update this story as more information becomes available.