Crash victims file lawsuit against tour bus company

Crash victims file lawsuit against tour bus company
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a multiple-fatality accident after a tour bus careened through a guardrail along an icy highway and fell several hundred feet down a steep embankment, authorities said, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 about 15 miles east of Pendleton, Ore. The charter bus carrying about 40 people lost control around 10:30 a.m. on the snow- and ice-covered lanes of Interstate 84, according to the Oregon State Police. (AP Photo/East Oregonian, Tim Trainor)

Two passengers who survived a deadly tour bus crash near Pendleton have filed a lawsuit against the company that operated the tour bus.

The passengers allege the tour bus operator drove as much as 10-12 hours a day leading up to the crash, in violation of legal limits on driving time for commercial drivers.

The lawsuit also alleges the driver was negligent by ignoring road signs about icy conditions near the scene of the accident.

The lawsuit was filed Jan. 6 in Pierce County in Washington. The plaintiff is Kyoung-Sen Kang, legal guardian for two high school exchange students who survived the crash.

The defendant is Mi Joo Tour & Travel Ltd., which is based in Vancouver, B.C. The company could not be reached. The Oregonian newspaper last week reported that it has a safe operating history.

Nine people were killed and 38 injured when the tour bus crashed through a guardrail and 200 feet down an embankment along Interstate 84 east of Pendleton. The bus was returning to Vancouver, British Columbia, after a nine-day trip.

The law firm Herrmann Scholbe filed the lawsuit.

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