|Rescue personnel respond to the scene of a charter bus crash on I-84, east of Pendleton, Oregon in this December 30, 2012 handout photo. REUTERS/Oregon State Police/Handout
The majority of those injured in the deadly crash of a Vancouver-bound bus in Oregon Sunday have been released from hospital as police identify a Washington man as one of nine killed.
The body of Dale William Osborn, 57, was identified Tuesday. Another three men and five women, including a possible juvenile girl, have yet to be identified.
The 39 injured include a young British Columbian woman who was ejected from the Mi Joo Tour and Travel bus, returning to Vancouver from Las Vegas, when it rolled down a steep slope east of Pendleton, Ore.
Kelowna resident Berlyn Sanderson, 22, required a dozen stitches to close a wound, reported the Oregonian.
“It was like one of those dreams that the world was coming to an end,” she told reporters.
Meanwhile, the local American Red Cross chapter has set up temporary accommodations at a nearby hotel where about 15 people, most of them from B.C., are staying.
Some are still waiting to retrieve travel documentation from the crash to return home, others released from hospital have went their own ways, said Red Cross Dr. Sandy Ramirez.
“There are a number of kids that have formed new friendships and are being very protective of one another … several of the older young people are looking out for the younger ones,” she said.
There are local Korean families also assisting survivors by preparing meals and even inviting some over for supper.
Five victims remain in stable condition at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, where more than half the survivors were treated.
Neither the driver nor the tour company could be reached Tuesday.
Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said the bus has been removed from the scene but investigators have not determined the cause of the accident and couldn’t say what role icy roads played in the crash.
Survivors are now being taken to retrieve their property from the crash, he said, adding the investigation could take more than a month.