Feds Ban Bus Drivers in Wake of Fatal Crash on I-84

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Nine people died and 38 were injured in this Dec. 30 bus crash on Interstate 84.
  • Nine people died and 38 were injured in this Dec. 30 bus crash on Interstate 84.

Days after the Canadian government joined U.S. officials in banning a Vancouver-based bus company—Mi Joo Tour—from roadways in the wake of the Dec. 30 crash on an icy stretch of I-84 that killed nine and injured 38 more, transportation officials have specifically banned the driver of the bus, Haeng Kyu Hwang, from operating a commercial vehicle in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that Hwang was driving too fast for the icy conditions and ignored limits on the amount of time he could spend behind the wheel. The agency banned an additional bus driver who works for the same company.

Alleging the driver was "fatigued and failed to heed warnings," a Washington law firm has filed a lawsuit against the owner of Mi Joo Tour, saying the driver "continuously without relief over the first eight days of a tour package, violated federal regulations governing the maximum allowable time on-duty and driving."

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