Survivor of deadly bus crash says she was ejected

Jonathan j. Cooper, Associated Press
Probe of Ore. tour bus crash may take a month

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a multiple-fatality accident after a tour bus careened through a guardrail along an icy highway and fell several hundred feet down a steep embankment, authorities said, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 about 15 miles east of Pendleton, Ore. The charter bus carrying about 40 people lost control around 10:30 a.m. on the snow- and ice-covered lanes of Interstate 84, according to the Oregon State Police. (AP Photo/East Oregonian, Tim Trainor)

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- A survivor of a deadly bus crash in Eastern Oregon says she and several other passengers were ejected after the tour bus smashed through a guardrail and plummeted down an embankment

Twenty-two-year-old Berlyn Sanderson of Canada says windows on the bus broke as it careened down the embankment, and she and a number of others were thrown out.

She says the bus began skidding on ice before it hit the guardrail on Interstate 84 and plummeted 100 feet down an embankment.

Sunday's crash killed nine people and sent more than 30 others to hospitals.

It occurred on a section of I-84 that is notorious for its icy conditions during the winter.

The bus was returning to British Columbia from a trip to Las Vegas. Some of the passengers were exchange students from South Korea.