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Death Investigation - Interstate 84 in The Dalles
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the death of a man who jumped out of a moving Greyhound bus window Wednesday morning along Interstate 84 in The Dalles. The victim's name is withheld pending next of kin notification.
According to OSP Sergeant Pat Shortt, on May 28, 2008 at approximately 3:00 a.m. a Greyhound bus with about 35 passengers was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 86 at approximately 65 - 70 mph when a passenger seated near the rear right side of the bus opened a window and attempted to jumped out. The man was pulled back in by another bus passenger, but within seconds he made a second attempt and jumped out onto the freeway shoulder.
The 40-year old black male passenger who is believed to be an out-of-state resident was pronounced deceased at the scene. Passengers described the man's behavior as irrational and unusual prior to the incident.
Troopers report the estimated 3 foot by 4 foot window was opened when the victim pulled on an emergency release lever that allowed the bottom of the window to swing open, providing the space for him to jump out.
The bus driver was unaware of what was happening until the man was in the process of jumping out as passengers were yelling to get the driver's attention.
The passenger who attempted to prevent the man from jumping received a minor finger injury. He was treated and released from Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles before rejoining the bus on its scheduled stop in Portland.
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. One lane has been closed for 3 about hours. The Dalles Police Department, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, and ODOT assisted at the scene.