Ninth Oregon bus crash victim ID’d
Nine people were killed after a bus en route to Vancouver from Las Vegas crashed in Oregon on Sunday morning, Dec. 30, 2012. (www.eastoregonian.com / Tim Trainor)
Published Tuesday, January 8, 2013 10:22AM PST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 8, 2013 2:20PM PST
A final victim has been identified in the Oregon bus crash that killed nine people and injured 38 others.
Oregon State Police said Richard Michael Sohn, 19, from Bellevue, Wash., was killed in the crash Dec. 30.
The other previously released deceased victims' names are:
- YONGHO LEE, age 75 (female), from Lynnwood, Washington
- YOUMIN KIM, age 11 (female), from Korea
- CHUN HO BAHN, age 63 (female), from Bothell, Washington
- AE JA KIM, age 61 (female), from Gangwon Province, Korea
- OUN HONG JUNG, age 67, and his wife, JOONG WHA KIM, age 63, from Korea
- SEOKMIN MOON, age 55, from Maple Ridge, British Columbia
- DALE WILLIAM OSBORN, age 57, from Spanaway, Washington
Meanwhile, a lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. against the Vancouver-based tour bus company involved in the crash.
The lawyer for two Korean exchange students who survived the crash alleges the Canadian driver was exhausted and was speeding during hazardous conditions before the bus smashed through a barrier and rolled down a hill near Pendleton, Oregon.
The students, Jong-Hyun Chae and Seong-June An, were injured in the crash, which occurred during a trip from Las Vegas to B.C.
Police have determined the bus was heading west on Interstate 84 when it collided with a concrete barrier bordering the left shoulder of the traffic lane.
The bus then veered across two westbound lanes, went through a guardrail and plunged 60 metres down an embankment before it came to a rest.
Some of the passengers were ejected from the bus, while others were pinned inside the vehicle and had to await rescue.
The tour bus was owned by a Vancouver-area company called Mi Joo Tour & Travel.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.