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Bus drivers banned after I-84 crash that left nine dead

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PENDLETON, OR (KPTV) -

The driver who was behind the wheel when a tour bus crashed and killed nine people near Pendleton is no longer allowed to drive commercially in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has banned James Jwang from commercial driving in the country.

A second driver for Mi Joo Tour & Travel has also been banned from operating a commercial vehicle in the United States.

Both drivers were found to have been driving more than the 70-hour maximum hours of service allowed within a seven-day period that is allowed by federal regulations.

The December crash was the second deadliest in Oregon since 1946, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting Section.

The investigation into the crash also found that both bus drivers had engaged in unsafe driving behavior, including driving too fast for the road conditions.

Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed in Pierce County Superior Court in Washington, by two survivors, Jong-Hyun Chae, 16, and Seong-Jun An, 15.

It seeks an unspecified amount for "personal injuries and damages they suffered" in the bus crash.

The lawsuit alleges the tour company, Mi Joo Tour & Travel of British Columbia, Canada was negligent for the crash, along with Hwang.

The teens were in the last row of the bus. Court documents show they were not thrown out of the bus, but they both lost consciousness and were taken by ambulance to the hospital.

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