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Attorney for Pendleton Bus Crash Victims Seeks $700M

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A lawyer from British Columbia representing 12 people who had been in the 2012 charter bus crash near Pendleton, is seeking $700 million. A lawyer from British Columbia representing 12 people who had been in the 2012 charter bus crash near Pendleton, is seeking $700 million.

PENDLETON, OR - A lawyer from British Columbia representing 12 people who had been in the 2012 charter bus crash near Pendleton, is seeking $700 million.

The lawyer filed a lawsuit on Monday at the Umatilla County Courthouse, seeking a jury trial on accusations that the tour operators were negligent. 

The lawsuit also accuses Oregon and the state Transportation Department of failing to make an icy stretch of Interstate 84 safe, and failing to erect barriers there that could have kept the bus from going over a cliff.

Nine people were killed and 38 injured when the charter bus from Vancouver, British Columbia, crashed down a ravine.

Of the 12 people represented in the lawsuit, ten of them were injured, two of them are dead. As of last month, prosecutors had yet to decide whether to file criminal charges in connection with the crash. 

Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus calls the case "very complex" and says he has not convened a grand jury.

The U.S. government banned Mi Joo Tour & Travel from operating buses on U.S. roads after the crash. Federal investigators found the driver was on duty for 92 hours in the eight-day stretch before the crash, exceeding federal limits.

Attorneys for the Canadian company say black ice - not driver fatigue or excessive speed - caused the crash.

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