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Lawsuit filed in deadly bus crash 0

By Chris Campbell, 24 hours

Rescue personnel respond to the scene of a charter bus crash on I-84, east of Pendleton, Ore. on Dec. 30, 2012. 
(REUTERS-POLICE HANDOUT)

Rescue personnel respond to the scene of a charter bus crash on I-84, east of Pendleton, Ore. on Dec. 30, 2012. (REUTERS-POLICE HANDOUT)

A Vancouver-based lawyer has filed a $700-million lawsuit in an Oregon court in connection with a deadly bus crash that killed nine people and injured nearly 40 others on Dec. 30, 2012.

 

Defendants in the suit include Coquitlam-based Mi Joo Travel and Tour, the State of Oregon, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The suit, filed Monday in the Umatilla County Circuit Court, was launched by lawyer Scott Parks on behalf of two of the victims who died — 11-year-old Youmin Kim and 55-year-old Seokmin Moon — and 10 survivors from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

The tour bus was headed back to Vancouver when it slid across Interstate 84 — also known as Dead Man’s Pass — through a guard rail, and down an embankment near the town of Pendleton, Ore.

“It’s been a year and people are still suffering from what they went through,” Parks told 24 hours.

The lawsuit accuses Mi Joo Tour and Travel and its driver of negligence, with the court document saying the bus was going too fast for the conditions and that the driver had worked beyond the 70-hour maximum of service hours.

The suit also accuses ODOT and the State of Oregon of negligence, saying that the road barriers weren’t strong enough and that the highway had not been properly plowed for the snowy conditions.

None of the accusations have been proven in court.

American authorities began an investigation into the crash and determined Mi Joo Travel and Tour failed to comply with U.S. regulations, including logging drivers’ rest breaks, periods of driving and off-duty time. In January, the U.S. Department of Transportation ordered the company to stop operating south of the border.

— with 24 hours files

 

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