By JONATHAN J. COOPER
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say it may be a month or more before investigators and prosecutors decide whether to file charges in the crash of a tour bus in Eastern Oregon that killed nine people.
At a news conference Monday, State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said investigators don’t know how fast the bus was going, but there were icy spots on Interstate 84 through the Blue Mountains.
Hastings says 49 people, most of them Koreans, were on the bus that hit a concrete barrier, veered across both westbound lanes, went through a guardrail and plunged 200 feet down a bank. Hastings said authorities are working with the South Korean consulate to identify victims.
Some survivors have been released from regional hospitals, and a few are in serious or critical condition. Their ages range from 7 to 74.
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