Local families mourn loved ones lost in Oregon bus crash

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by KING 5 News

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 2 at 8:54 PM

Authorities are releasing more names of the victims in a fatal bus crash in Pendleton, Oregon.

Nine people died and 38 were injured when the bus careened off I-84 near Pendleton last week. At least 10 of the victims are from the Seattle area.

Se Chong Lee holds a notepad, where he wrote to his wife of 50 years after he learned she died in the crash.

"(She) never thought of herself. She always wants like looking out for my dad, what his needs are, instead of her needs, is what I remember her doing," said John Lee, victim's son..

Yong Ho Lee, 75, was a retired convenience store owner and an active member of New Vision Church in Lynnwood. She and three girlfriends took a trip to Vegas that ended in the fatal crash that killed nine people, including Lee's.

"My dad is mad because he says "I should have went with her. I shouldn't have sent her alone,'" said John Lee.

Also among the dead is Dale Osborn, a real estate investor who lived in and owns a mobile home park in Spanaway.

"(He was) a real family guy - loved his kids, his grandkids. I'd see them out here with his kids on the bikes playing," said Jeff Mundell, Osborn's neighbor.

Osborn took the trip with his wife Darlene. She was hospitalized with broken ribs.

"She woke up in a riverbed," said Jennifer Sherman, Osborn's daughter. "She said there was something pinning my father down."

Authorities in Pendleton continue the search for belongings and identifying the victims. Now the NTSB is on the scene, trying to figure out if the driver was at fault.

"She said that the driver was, he kept passing people," said Jennifer Sherman. "I don't know about speed, but the roads were icy and they just went off the cliff."

Many of the victims were from the Korean American community in the Seattle area and British Columbia. Some of the survivors were being transported home Wednesday.

KING 5's Elisa Hahn contributed to this report.
 

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