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Van crash inquest calls for more vehicle checks

The jury at a coroner’s inquest into the deaths of three women in a vancrash near Abbotsford, B.C., has called for more random inspections ofvehicles used to transport farmworkers.

The jury at a coroner’s inquest into the deaths of three women in a van crash near Abbotsford, B.C., has called for more random inspections of vehicles used to transport farmworkers.

The workers were killed in March 2007 when the van, which was overloaded and had seatbelts for just two of the 15 people inside, flipped over on the Trans-Canada highway onto a concrete meridian.

The jury ruled the crash accidental but made 18 recommendations, including the increased inspections and that 15-passenger vans be classified as high-risk vehicles.

The jury also recommends farmworkers be given a better education about their rights and that the provincial transportation ministry look into replacing concrete highway barriers with steel cable barriers.

Earlier at the inquest, family members of the three women voiced anger there were no criminal charges against the driver of the van.

 
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