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Federal safety team joins probe of fatal Oregon bus crash

Tow truck operators work tour on bus that careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, in Oregon on December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Tow truck operators work tour on bus that careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, in Oregon on December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Tow truck operators work tour on bus that careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, in Oregon on December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
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Twisted guard rail where tour bus careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, in Oregon December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Twisted guard rail where tour bus careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, in Oregon December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Twisted guard rail where tour bus careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, in Oregon December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
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Debris remains at the bottom of ravine where a tour bus careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Debris remains at the bottom of ravine where a tour bus careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Debris remains at the bottom of ravine where a tour bus careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
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Investigators examine tour bus that careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Investigators examine tour bus that careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Investigators examine tour bus that careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
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