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Vancouver Couple Files Suit Against Tour Bus Company After Crash

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Mar 05, 2013

On December 30, 2013, a bus en route to Vancouver crashed on a slick highway in Oregon. According to reports from the Oregon State Police, the charter bus slid off Interstate 84 on the westbound lanes due to snowy and icy conditions. The vehicle flew off a 200-foot embankment with 40 people on board, crashed into a guardrail, and rolled down a steep, snow-covered hill. Nine people died in the crash, and 38 people suffered injuries, including the bus driver, Haeng-Kyu Hwang, 54.

The tour bus, operated by Mi Joo Tour & Travel, Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia, was on a nine-day roundtrip tour from Vancouver, B.C. to Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area.

A Canadian couple, June Won Kim, 46, and his wife Hee Eun Kim, 46, suffered serious and permanent injuries in the accident. June Won Kim sustained injuries to his neck, back, knee, and feet. He also suffered facial disfigurement. Hee Eun Kim sustained injuries to her neck, back, legs, and eyes. The Kims both suffered head injuries and collapsed lungs.

The couple remained hospitalized in the U.S. for more than two weeks. Once they were able to travel, they were transported to Vancouver by ambulance. They were unable to fly because Hee Eun Kim had a bubble in her lung.

Prior to the crash, the couple told the bus driver that one tire was unsafe in the wintery conditions. They also expressed concern that the bus was not equipped with tire chains.

A lawsuit was filed in British Columbia on behalf of the couple alleging that the bus was improperly maintained and the brakes were defective or inadequate. The suit also alleges the lights, windshield wiper, and other warning devices were deficient. It also claims the driver knowingly operated a defective vehicle and willfully disobeyed the rules of the road.

A Vancouver bus accident lawyer at McComb Witten has been following this story closely. Everyone in our office sends sincere condolences to those affected by this tragic accident.

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