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Korean Consulate Sends Staffer To Help In Pendleton

OPB | Dec. 31, 2012 1:53 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

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The South Korean Consulate in Seattle sent staffers to Pendleton to meet with survivors of Sunday’s deadly charter bus accident.

The crash left 9 people dead and dozens more injured.

Seven survivors spent the night at an emergency shelter set up by the American Red Cross.

Volunteer and spokeswoman Casey White-Zollman says most of the victims there are South Korean teenagers and speak little if any English.

She says organizers were eventually able to find a Korean-speaker in Pendleton after getting the word out over social media.

“You know to see the relief on some of these kids faces when they come in and hear somebody speaking their language.  It’s a huge sense of relief for them and helps them feel more comfortable.”

White-Zollman says consulate staffers met with survivors at the shelter early Monday.

The tour bus was on its way from Las Vegas to to British Columbia when when it crashed through a guardrail and plummeted at least 200 feet down a snowy embankment.

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