Oregon State Police say the New Year’s holiday traffic death toll of 12 people in four accidents matches the highest numbers since the state Transportation Department began keeping such statistics in 1970.
Twelve people also died in each of the New Year’s holiday periods in 1998 and 1999.
This year’s toll includes the nine people killed in the Dec. 30 bus crash on Interstate 84 in the Pendleton area.
Lt. Gregg Hastings says three of the holiday crashes and 11 of the deaths occurred on I-84.
The 102-hour reporting period started at 6 p.m. Dec. 28 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 1.
Six people died in four separate crashes during the previous New Year’s holiday reporting period.
Editor’s Note: In a story Jan. 2 about the New Year’s holiday traffic death toll, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Oregon State Police, reported erroneously that the toll of 12 for 2012 is the highest since the state Transportation Department began keeping such statistics in 1970. The State Police said Thursday, however, that the number of fatalities for the 2012 New Year’s holiday period was actually equal to the numbers in both 1998 and 1999.