January 29, 2013 at 7:12 PM
Lynnwood woman sues Canadian bus operator, driver over deadly Oregon crash
A Lynnwood woman still fighting for her life after a deadly Dec. 30 bus crash in Oregon has, along with her husband, filed a federal lawsuit against the bus driver and operator.
Eun Sook Uhm, 74, survived the crash that killed 9 and injured 39, but has been in physical agony and barely able to breath since the crash, according to her son, Dan Uhm.
The lawsuit for unspecified damages against British Columbia-based Mi Joo Tour & Travel and the driver involved in the crash, Haeng-Kyu Hwang, alleges the same violations the United States Department of Transportation found earlier this month: The driver had been driving more hours than legally allowed the week of the crash and that he had been driving too fast for the icy conditions on Interstate 84 the day of the crash.
Several survivors have said Hwang was asked to slow down before the bus skidded out of control and down a 200-foot embankment near Deadman Pass.
Parts of Eun Sook Uhm’s collar-bone, rib-cage and spine were crushed before rescuers could peel her from the mangled bus, according to her son. She’s come close to dying several times at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle because of complications with pneumonia and the physical stress of follow-up surgeries.
The lawsuit says she “has suffered, and will continue to suffer, physical pain” from permanent injuries.
The lawsuit also specifies psychological trauma because she watched a friend of more than 20 years, Yong Ho Lee of Lynnwood, die in front of her after the crash.
A Tacoma lawyer also filed a lawsuit against the tour-bus operator earlier this month on behalf of at least two survivors, who were minors. The Oregonian reported that two other survivors and the estate of someone who died in the crash have joined that suit.
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