Charter Bus Collides With Truck
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) _ A chartered bus loaded with senior citizens collided with a moving van, injuring more than 30 people, one critically, officials said today.
The southbound bus was carrying 35 passengers from the Seattle area and British Columbia when it struck the van on U.S. 97 about six miles north of here Sunday, Oregon State Police Trooper Maurice Austin said.
Nursing Supervisor Mike Darger at Merle West Medical Center said 31 people were treated for injuries and that of the 11 who were admitted, the driver, Tom Younger, 40, remained in critical condition today with fractures.
The other 10 were listed in stable condition with broken bones, scrapes and bruises. The driver of the van was not injured, officials said.
The accident occurred about 12:50 p.m. as the bus and the van were heading south, Austin said.
″The truck was slowing down to turn into the fuel island, and the bus hit it from the back,″ said Bob Oates, who saw the accident.
″The truck’s trailer tipped over from the impact, and the bus went into a ditch on the right of the highway,″ Oates said.
He said the bus passengers stayed calm after the crash and emergency personnel quickly evacuated them from the wreck. Oates said traffic was tied up for several hours.
Austin identified the tour company that chartered the Trailways-owned bus as Oregon Coast Globetrotters Tour Service of Seaside. He said the tour service’s insurance company arranged for passengers to stay at a Klamath Falls motel overnight.
The cause of the crash was not immediately determined, but Austin said it did not appear to be weather-related.
State police Officer Craig Bryant said today a check of the dates of birth of the bus passengers indicated most were over 50.