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Eight Injured, One Critically, Following Bus Fire north of Tillamook
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Eight people were injured, one critically, Sunday afternoon when a Raz Transportation tour bus with 34 occupants caught fire on Highway 101 north of Tillamook.  Seven of the eight people transported for treatment of injuries have reportedly been released from Tillamook General Hospital. The eighth person, ROSEMARY LOU DIONNE, age 71, from Green Bay, Wisconsin is in critical condition at the Burn Unit of Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland where she was taken by LifeFlight following the fire.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Greg Plummer, on September 12, 2010 at 3:59 p.m. OSP was requested to assist Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Fire and Police departments, and Tillamook Ambulance at the scene of a reported bus fire on Highway 101 near milepost 64. A Raz Transportation tour bus with 33 passengers was southbound on Highway 101 when its driver noted smoke and flames coming from the front dash area. The bus driver pulled onto the shoulder and stopped. Upon opening the bus door the fire quickly began to spread inside the bus.
Eight people were transported for injuries, most of which were considered minor. All but were one person was treated at Tillamook General Hospital. The bus occupants fled through an available emergency exit. The bus driver, CHARLES D. BRIGGS, age 64, from St. Helens, Oregon was reported not injured.
The bus received heavy fire damage. The bus had left the Cannon Beach area and was enroute to Cape Mears for a brief stop before continuing to Portland. Questions for Raz Transportation can be directed by email to General Manager Paul Downes at paul.downes@coachamerica.com.
There is no evidence to indicate this is related to any crime and the fire appears to be accidental.