More people are joining the lawsuit that has been filed against the Canadian tour company whose bus crashed on an icy highway in Eastern Oregon in December, killing nine passengers and injuring almost 40 more. The lawsuit was filed originally in Tacoma, Wash., on behalf of two foreign exchange students who survived the crash. Five additional victims have now joined the lawsuit. The suit has been amended to add as a Defendant the president of Mi Joo Tour & Travel. It was alleged that Edward Kang was added because the factors it alleges to have led to the crash – driver fatigue, ignored warnings and excessive speed for the icy conditions – were triggered by management policies, “based upon cost and profit considerations rather than safety of their passengers.” The bus driver was also added as a Defendant.
Investigating officers have yet to say what caused the December 30th crash on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton, Ore. In the wake of the crash, government authorities in Canada and the U.S. banned the company from operating buses on their roads. The U.S. investigation found the driver had been on duty for 92 hours in the eight-day stretch before the crash, exceeding the 70-hour federal limit. A lawyer for the company, Mark P. Scheer, filed an answer to the complaint, saying the driver had plenty of sleep the night before the crash and black ice, not excessive speed, was a major factor in the bus losing control. Besides the suit filed in Tacoma, a Canadian husband and wife have sued the tour company in their home country. That lawsuit filed on behalf of June Won Kim and his wife Hee Eun Kim accuses the driver of speeding, failing to stop, ignoring traffic rules and knowingly driving a defective vehicle.
Source: Insurance Journal
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