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Police release identity of ninth victim of Oregon bus crash

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a fatal accident where a tour bus careened through a guardrail and several hundred feet down a steep embankment east of Pendleton, Ore., on Dec. 30, 2012.

Tim Trainor/The Associated Press

The name of the ninth victim killed in a highway crash in Oregon involving a Vancouver tour bus company has been released by Oregon State Police.

Nineteen-year-old Richard Sohn of Bellevue, Wash., died when the bus smashed through a barrier and flipped end over end, landing in a snowy embankment off Interstate 84 east of Pendleton, Ore.

A 55-year-old man from Maple Ridge, B.C., was the only Canadian killed in the Dec. 30 crash, while most of the other victims were from Washington state and Korea.

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Nine passengers died, and eight of the 38 people who were injured are still being treated in hospital.

On Monday, two Korean exchange students who survived the crash filed a civil lawsuit in a Tacoma, Wash., court.

The suit against Mi Joo Tour and Travel Ltd. claimed the bus driver was tired, speeding and ignored warnings of poor road conditions.

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