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Several dead after bus careens into Oregon ravine

Published on Dec 31, 2012 9:38 AM

LOS ANGELES, Dec 30, 2012 (AFP) - A Canada-bound bus crashed through a guard rail on an icy road in Oregon on Sunday and careened into a ravine, killing at least nine people and injuring at least 18 others, state police said.

The bus fell a couple hundred feet before stopping, Oregon State Police said on its website, adding that the chartered bus was reportedly heading home to Vancouver, Canada from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Police in the northwestern state are still investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred in the morning near the city of Pendleton, in northeastern Oregon.

The rescue effort was complicated by the drop-off from the highway, and police said "personnel trained for rope rescues" were called in to help.

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