More people with local ties have been identified among the dead from the tour-bus crash Sunday in Eastern Oregon.
A Korean couple who may have ties to the Bothell area, a Lynnwood convenience-store owner and an 11-year-old South Korean girl were identified Wednesday as among the nine passengers killed in Sunday’s fatal tour-bus crash in Eastern Oregon.
The bus traveling on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton, plunged through a guardrail and 200 feet down an embankment while returning to Vancouver, B.C., on the final leg of a nine-day tour of the Western United States.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office said Oun Hong Jung, 67, and his wife, Joong Wha Kim, 63, of South Korea were among the nine passengers who died.
The couple was reportedly staying with relatives in the Bothell area, according to the Oregon State Police.
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Police also confirmed that a Lynnwood convenience-store owner, Yong Ho Lee, 75, and Youmin Kim, an 11-year-old girl from South Korea, died in the crash.
In addition to the nine who died, 38 passengers were injured, police said. Four of the dead, two males and two females, have yet to be officially identified.
The only other victim officially identified is Dale William Osborn, 57, of Spanaway.
Friends and the Seattle Pacific University roommate of another bus passenger, Richard Sohn, 19, fear Sohn was among those killed.
His parents, Michael and Rachel Sohn, were also injured in the bus crash, according to family friends. Michael Sohn is still hospitalized at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
SPU has set up a memorial service near campus for Sohn and another SPU student, Drake Edwards, who died over the holiday break in a separate car accident in Oregon. It will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave. W., Seattle.
At least two other survivors from the Seattle area are still being treated at hospitals. Eun Sook Uhm, 74, of Lynnwood, was transferred to Harborview Medical Center Tuesday because of the severity of spinal and respiratory injuries she suffered during the crash, according to her son Dan Uhm.
Man Sun Kim, 71, of Seattle is still recovering in Portland at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
Many of the tour-bus passengers were Korean.
Oregon State Police and the state’s medical examiner have been working with South Korean Consulate representatives and relatives of possible victims during the process of identifying the deceased and notifying next of kin.
A team of three inspectors from the National Transportation Safety Board is still in the area conducting an investigation with Oregon State Police.
In addition, photos of unidentified property, including purses and luggage, are being taken by troopers to local hospitals to show survivors to determine ownership.
Korean Consulate representatives are helping deliver identified property to injured persons in hospitals outside of the local area, police said.
Seattle Times staff reporter Alexa Vaughn contributed to this report.
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