The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s (ME) Office is making progress toward positively identifying the remaining eight victims of Sunday morning’s fatal bus crash that killed 9 people and injured 38 others along Interstate 84 east of Pendleton, Oregon. The names of two victims are being released in this update. The investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) is also continuing but no additional information will be released.
OSP and the State ME Office continues to work closely with Korean Consulate representatives and relatives of possible victims during the process of identification and next of kin notifications. The identification process is affected by many factors including the availability of legal identification, fingerprint and medical records, positive descriptors, and, in most of these cases, trauma injuries.
The second and third victims positively identified are OUN HONG JUNG, age 67, and his wife, JOONG WHA KIM, age 63, from Korea. The couple was reportedly staying with relatives in Bothell, Washington.
* OSP continues to release property, including most of the passports and other identification, found at the scene and later on the bus during the post-incident inspection. Items have been released to about half of the bus occupants who were treated and released or remain in one of the local hospitals.
* Photos of unidentified property, including purses and luggage, are being taken by troopers to local hospitals to show survivors to confirm if they may be the owner so it can be released to them. Korean Consulate representatives are also helping deliver identified property belonging to injured persons in hospitals outside of the local area.
* According to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, four injured persons remain at their hospital and are in fair condition.
* A team of 3 inspectors from the National Transportation Safety Board is still in the area conducting an investigation and working cooperatively with OSP investigators.
* According to information from Oregon Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting Section (FARS), this crash is tied for the second deadliest traffic crash in Oregon since 1946 and the deadliest since 1971. The deadliest crash occurred in December 1965 along Interstate 5 in Jackson County when a Greyhound bus lost control on ice and rolled killing 14 people and injuring 30 others. The other fatal crash resulting in nine fatalities during an October 1971 two-vehicle crash involving an intoxicated driver in Portland, Oregon. Since 2003, Oregon has not had a fatal crash in which six or more people have died until last Sunday’s bus crash.