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9 dead in Korean tourist bus accident in Oregon

Terrible bus accident in Oregon:

About half of the at least 36 people injured in a tour bus crash that killed nine others were still hospitalized Sunday evening, hours after the vehicle careened down a steep, snow-covered embankment near Pendleton on Interstate 84.

Two Korean teenage boys from Vancouver, Canada, were among the passengers released Sunday night to a makeshift shelter at the Convention Center in Pendleton.
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Few details were known about the tour group Sunday, with most passengers hospitalized. The bus is owned by Mi Joo Tour & Travel in Vancouver, Canada. An employee at Mi Joo Tour & Travel, Ryan Choi, said the company rents out its tour buses to travel companies.

(HT to Dong-A Ilbo)

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  • http://www.seoulmetro.co.kr/station/eng/linemap.action Craash

    I always knew sitting in the back of the bus was safer than the front or middle.

    Koreans usually don’t travel anywhere unless it is with a “tour group”.

    I guess Koreans who live abroad don’t change and still use tour groups.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    Tour industry is never known to attract technical people.   The bus obviously is maintained by unqualified mechanics and driven by unqualified drivers.   To make money, they have to cut corners and that eventually kill people.   It happens more in Korea than here.

  • dogbertt

    What’s wrong with traveling in tour groups?  Seems an arbitrary thing to indict a race of people over.

  • cactusmcharris

    My condolences to the families. It’s getting coverage here on CBC (which had the translated reports from two 16 y/o boys – what were they doing there?) pretty regularly.
     

  • cactusmcharris

     They have to go through two sets of border inspections, where improperly maintained / functioning parts on the bus are looked for, right? I hope you’re wrong about the cutting corners and it was just bad luck on an icy road.

    But I wonder – why not fly?

  • Railwaycharm

    Tragic story. Don’t throw stones at the victims because they prefer tours over airplanes. The Koreans bring a great deal of tourism dollars to America, I could care less how they travel within my country.

  • cactusmcharris

     I’m not throwing stones – reread my comment or get a translator. They’re going from Vancouver to Las Vegas in the winter – highways aren’t going to be the best.

  • Railwaycharm

    Was not directed at your comment. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    “According to the 17-year-old boy at the Convention Center, many of the passengers were Korean, Japanese or Taiwanese. He did not elaborate on the purpose of the tour. ” – either this reporter does not know how to write or he is withholding some information.  Maybe the tour was some kind of religious group?  If not, he wrote a weird statement.  A bad report or cover-up?  Moonies?

  • Koreandumbdumb

    And, what about not releasing the gender of the driver?  A female driver who did not qualify to drive a bus?   This story has lots of meat in it.

  • Sanshinseon

    I;m with dogbertt & etc — speaking as a professional tour-guide — group tours are sometimes great, a better way to travel & expereience, and some people prefer to travel that way, intelligently so — especially when the tour has a great guide   ;-)

  • Railwaycharm

    If you are into that sort of travel. I like to wander on my own schedule when I am on holiday.

  • Yu Bum Suk
  • Yu Bum Suk

    So it was indeed a church group. How horrific. Apparently identifying everyone is turning out to be a mess.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KFMIOLXZTCWEEJ3GF3YIAZIJ4 mightymouse

    They were apparently returning from Las Vegas going back to Vancouver. What business does a church group have in Las Vegas?? 

  • YangachiBastardo

    We should ask baduk about the Bible and the Gospel saying anything against enjoying a few rounds of high-rolling 

  • Yu Bum Suk

     They were on a nine-day tour, the last stop of which was Las Vegas. As a non-gambler I still found lots to do in Vegas for a couple of days. At the airport I believe I saw some kind of church group going to an event, as I guess Vegas has more convention halls than just about anywhere else.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KFMIOLXZTCWEEJ3GF3YIAZIJ4 mightymouse

    But we don’t know if there were gamblers among the passengers. I find it a bit odd that certain people who hangout at church or other places of worship go gambling. 

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Also, isn’t it illegal for Korean citizens to gamble regardless of whether they are in Korea or abroad?

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    In what was is being herder about better than exploring for yourself. Lazier, easier, maybe, but better? Do you really get to see more when on a tour, or do you see more when you’re on your own, free to investigate hidden gems instead of the obvious tourist hot spots?

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Herded about. Sorry.

  • Yu Bum Suk

     The Bible doesn’t say a thing about gambling. At any rate, there are lots of other things to do in Vegas (e.g. it seems Koreans really like magic shows).

  • Arghaeri

    Yep, if only cos you get up 5 hours earlier :-)

  • Cloudfive

    Bingo and raffles are also gambling and happen AT church. Las Vegas probably has a lot of sinners to proselytize to.

  • Cloudfive

     The articles only identifies the driver as a deacon from a church in British Columbia. The other passengers are not necessarily affiliated with any church or religious group.