Ore. New Year's traffic fatals highest since 1970

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State Police say the New Year's holiday traffic death toll of 12 people in four accidents is the highest since the state Transportation Department began keeping such statistics in 1970.

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.

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