Unscheduled Tour Bus Detour

The aftermath of the terrible tour bus accident in eastern Oregon that killed nine passengers and injured many more on December 30, 2012, is nearly as horrific as the accident. The tour bus, operated by Mi Joo Tour & Travel of Vancouver, BC, catered to an Asian clientele. It was on the final leg of a nine-day tour that took passengers to Los Angeles and Las Vegas when it encountered dangerous winter conditions east of Pendleton. The bus lost control and careened down an embankment. Nine people were killed and 38 other passengers and the driver were injured.

The driver has since been banned from driving a commercial vehicle, and the tour bus company has been banned from operating in the United States and Canada. Lawsuits have started being filed as well. An injured Canadian couple have sued the tour bus company in Canada, and a number of others have joined a suit filed by attorney Charles Herrmann of Tacoma, Washington. The lawsuit was initially filed on behalf of South Korean teenagers Jong-Hyun Chae and Seong-Jun An but has since been joined by half a dozen others.

The Canadian lawsuit contends the bus had mechanical issues, including bad brakes and tires, and that the driver did not heed warnings about the winter driving conditions. The driver allegedly was speeding and paid no heed to traffic laws. The lawsuit claims passengers voiced their concerns but were ignored.

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