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Bus carrying GFU baseball team strikes and kills Portland woman

Police say the unidentified woman may have been walking in a travel lane on I-205

A charter bus carrying George Fox University’s baseball team was involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 205 Thursday morning.

Police responded at 3:35 a.m. to a report that a pedestrian was struck by a bus on I-205 near the Division Street off ramp. Officers and medical personnel searched the freeway between Powell Boulevard and Division Street and found the woman dead on the shoulder of the road.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Personnel from the Portland Police Traffic Division investigated an early morning collision between a bus carrying the George Fox University baseball team and an unidentified woman on I-205 Thursday.. On Friday, police identified the woman as 22-year-old Charnae Denise Williams, last known to reside in southern California.

Following an investigation police officials said Williams appeared to have been attempting to cross the northbound lanes of 1-205, from east to west. Two vehicles swerved to avoid hitting her, but heavy rain and poor lighting may have contributed to the bus being unable to avoid striking the woman, the investigation found.

After the bus struck the woman between Powell Boulevard and Division Street the driver safely slowed the vehicle and stopped.

The involved bus is leased from Athletic Transportation Services. While it is decorated with GFU markings, it is not actually owned by the university, Felton said.

Randy Dalzell, owner of ATS and the school's head cross country coach and an associate track coach, was driving the bus and said the players and coaches were loaded onto a second bus while the police conducted the investigation. The bus has since then been released back to the company.

The baseball team was heading to Portland International Airport to travel to Texas Lutheran University in Sequin, Texas, for season opening games. There were no injuries and the team did make the flight, Felton said.

Traffic was diverted off the highway at the Powell Boulevard off ramp for several hours during the investigation.

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