VANCOUVER – Two British Columbia passengers who survived a bus crash that killed nine others on an Oregon highway have filed a lawsuit against the tour bus company and the driver.
June Won Kim and his wife Hee Eun Kim say in legal action that the bus was mechanically defective and the tires were inadequate for the road conditions on Dec. 30, when the bus crashed through a guardrail on Interstate-84 and tumbled down a snowy embankment near Pendleton, Ore.
The couple’s B.C. Supreme Court lawsuit claims Mi Joo Tour and Travel failed to equip the bus with adequate headlights, windshield wipers and warning devices to ensure it could be safely operated on the journey from Las Vegas to Vancouver.
The Kims also allege the driver, Haeng-Kyu Hwang of Surrey, was too tired, speeding, failed to obey road signs and operated a vehicle contrary to restrictions on his driver’s licence.
The couple say they both suffered a brain injury, collapsed lung and back and neck injuries resulting in permanent disability.
Their lawsuit follows another by two Korean exchange students in Tacoma, Wash., who say they witnessed a nightmarish scene aboard the bus as they lay among dead passengers.