An eastern Oregon bus crash killed nine passengers on December 30, 2012 and now two of the survivors have filed lawsuits against the bus company. The lawsuit alleges that the driver was tired, did not head to warnings and was going too fast on a road with patches of snow and ice. The two survivors, two teenage South Korean exchange students, were among thirty-eight total people injured in the crash.
The lawsuit against Mi Joo Tour & Travel states that the bus driver “doubled” as a tour guide and had worked over 90 hours without any relief in the first eight days of the nine-day tour package. Federal regulations limit driver to a maximum of 70 hours in an eight-day span. On the last day of the tour, the bus departed a hotel in Boise, Idaho and traveled about 200 miles over the course of three hours before crashing through a guardrail and falling 200 feet down an embankment. Police have yet to determine the cause of the crash, but the crash occurred on a cold, overcast morning on a flat and straight stretch of the road. The posted speed limit for trucks and buses was 55 miles per hour, but police are still unsure of how fast the bus was travelling. The attorney for the exchange students stated that the driver “was going ‘just too fast
for the ice and the snow and the fog’ and not necessarily exceeding the speed limit.”
The driver of the bus, Haeng-Kyu Hwang, was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. One of the two exchange students was knocked unconscious during the crash and both were hospitalized for eight hours after the accident. The lawsuit has not listed a damage amount as the attorney stated that the extent of the injuries remains unknown at this time.
2 survivors of Oregon bus crash file, www.miamiherald.com January 07, 2013
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