Oregon Tour Bus Fire Injures Eight


A Wisconsin woman who was one of eight people hurt in a bus fire on the Oregon Coast remained in critical condition Monday morning, state police said.

The driver of a Raz Transportation bus with 33 passengers on board noticed smoke and flames coming from the front dash area while driving on Highway 101 on Sunday afternoon, according to Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.

The driver stopped the bus on the shoulder of the highway, Hastings said, and the flames quickly began to spread inside the bus when he opened the bus door.

The passengers filed out of the bus through an emergency exit, police said, but not before 71-year-old Rosemary Lou Dionne suffered burns and smoke inhalation.

A LifeFlight helicopter rushed Dionne, of Green Bay, Wis., to the burn unit at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

Seven other people were taken to Tillamook General Hospital to be treated for injuries. They were all released by the following morning.

At the time the fire broke out, the tour bus was heading from Cannon Beach to Cape Mears before continuing on to Portland.

Hastings said there's no evidence to indicate any crime was involved in the fire. He said the fire appears to be accidental.

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