The charter bus carrying about 40 people lost control around 10:30 a.m. on snow- and ice-covered lanes of Interstate 84 in a rural area of eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon State Police. The bus crashed near the start of a 7-mile section of road that winds down a hill.
The bus crash comes more than two months after another chartered tour bus in October veered off a highway in northern Arizona, killing the driver and injuring dozens of passengers who were mostly tourists from Asia and Europe.
A fully packed Megabus crashed head-on into the concrete pillar on an August afternoon on Interstate 55 near Litchfield, Ill., about 55 miles northeast of St. Louis. The front of the bus was so mangled rescuers had to use ladders to pull people out windows of the upper level.
Passengers gave harrowing accounts of the wreck: People screaming, blood in the aisles, injured passengers tossed about. Several reported hearing a tire blow out just before the crash, and Illinois State Police Lt. Louis Kink said that likely was the cause.
“You figure at 65 mph, it would be hard to control a vehicle that big with a blown tire,” Kink said.
Can we expect, with this latest incident, that President Obama will call for a ban on tour bus travel on the nation’s highways? Will he be appointing a special commission to develop a plan to put an end to the carnage caused by these massive killers traveling around our country?
I’m sure that Senator Dianne Feinstein will ignore any real problems facing our nation and begin a tour of the talk show circuit in order to tout legislation she will be introducing to protect us from the deadly tour busses on our highways.
And, of course, we are waiting for the likes of Michael Moore and Piers Morgan to come out in favor of a complete ban on any and all tour busses and motor coaches and for the prohibition of any business that utilizes them.