Girl, 11, killed in Oregon bus crash was in Canada to learn English

Tow truck operators work tour on bus that careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a...

Tow truck operators work tour on bus that careened off a mountain highway and plunged down a snow-covered slope, killing nine passengers and injuring at least 27 others, in Oregon on December 31, 2012. The charter bus was carrying about 40 people through the Blue Mountains of northern Oregon en route from Las Vegas to Vancouver, British Columbia, when it crashed through a guard rail on Interstate 84 on Sunday morning, authorities said. (REUTERS/Steve Dipaola)

Michael Mui, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:58 AM ET

VANCOUVER - The youngest person killed when a Vancouver-bound tour bus crashed in Oregon on Sunday had come to Canada to learn English and take in the culture, a friend of the 11-year-old girl’s family said.

Youmin Kim and her parents were staying with a Vancouver family. She’d visited Canada once before as a toddler.

“She kind of saw me as an older sister,” said Michelle Albiston, whose parents hosted the Kim family in Vancouver. “I would tell her a bunch of times, Koreans have this thing where if you greet an elder you have to bow, to forget about that here ... She’s a very polite girl.


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