Girl, 11, among Ore. bus crash victims identified

PORTLAND, Ore. – Authorities on Wednesday said an 11-year-old girl from South Korea was among nine people killed in a bus crash on Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon. Youmin Kim was visiting relatives in British Columbia before the nine-day tour of the Western United States.

Oregon State Police officials said victims of Sunday’s crash included a woman from Washington state and a Korean couple who had been staying with relatives in Washington.

The bus, which had visited Las Vegas, went through a guardrail and plunged 200 feet down an embankment Sunday while returning to Vancouver, British Columbia, on the final leg of the vacation tour organized by a British Columbia travel agency .

Police have not named four of the passengers who were killed. Lt. Gregg Hastings said the identification has been slowed by factors such as the availability of legal identification, fingerprint and medical records.

In addition to Kim, victims identified Wednesday were Yongho Lee, 75, of Lynnwood, Wash., Oun Hong Jung, 67, of South Korea and his wife, Joong Wha Kim, 63.

Authorities earlier said 57-year-old Dale Osborn of Spanaway, Wash., died in the crash.

Vice Consul Chul Ho Choi, who went to Pendleton, Ore., from Seattle to help with translations and to notify relatives, said five victims were South Korean citizens.

Another 38 people were injured, including driver Haeng Kyu Hwang, 54, of Vancouver, British Columbia. At least 10 remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon at facilities stretching from Boise, Idaho, to Portland.

Police said it could take a month or more to determine whether the driver was at fault. The investigative team includes police and three National Transportation Safety Board inspectors.

The crash occurred near a spot on the interstate called Deadman Pass, at the top of a steep, seven-mile descent from the Blue Mountains. There were icy spots but nothing unusual .

The posted speed limit is 55 mph hour for trucks and buses and 65 mph for cars. Drivers are required to go slower in treacherous conditions.

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