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Dec 30, 2012 8:12 PM by Associated Press - Posted by Zach Thaxton

Bus slides on ice, careens down embankment in Oregon, killing 9

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State Police now say nine people have died in the Sunday morning bus crash along an icy Oregon highway.

Authorities say the bus careened through a guardrail and down a steep embankment, killing nine and injuring about 20 others.

The charter bus carrying about 40 people lost control around 10:30 a.m. on the snow- and ice-covered lanes of Interstate 84.

The bus came to rest at the bottom of a snowy slope. More than a dozen rescue workers descended the hill and used ropes to help retrieve people from the wreckage in freezing weather.

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