Survivors recount fatal bus crash
The highway has been shut down several times this winter, mostly because of crashed trucks blocking the roadway, Mr. Strandberg said. A decision to close the road or require chains is made by the local maintenance crew, he said.
The National Transportation Safety Board said two investigators were expected to arrive at the crash site Monday. It said they would look into why the bus left the road, the condition of the road at the time, the condition of the guardrail, the actions of the driver and operations of the company that owns the bus.
The Oregonian newspaper quoted one survivor, 25-year-old Yoo Byung Woo, as saying he and other passengers thought the bus driver was “going too fast.”
“I worried about the bus,” he said, adding that the weather was snowing and foggy. Mr. Yoo said one rider was frightened and asked whether they could take another route. He said some passengers were dozing when the driver slammed on the brakes.
Mr. Yoo said rocks smashed through windows after the bus crashed through the guardrail and rolled. The NTSB said the bus rolled at least once.