Thursday, March 08, 2007


I'm sorry, but this is what's known as an accident waiting to happen. Tragic, but very preventable.

8 Comments:

Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's awful. That is why there are seatbelt and capacity laws.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

And they're broken/ignored. Which is why it kind of irks me that the head of the farmworker's union is laying blame on the Government and everything else but the people who jammed themselves in there each day. At some point personal responsibility comes into play and people have to make their own decisions when it comes to putting themselves in dangerous situations. Noone holds a gun to their head and forces them into the van. And why wasn't the union head more "proactive" in doing something before this happened?...he was aware of these conditions. He points a finger but perhaps he didn't do enough here? Unions are in place to protect people from these situations so shouldn't he be taking some of the responsibility instead of placing blame everywhere else? Just my take.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Mellowlee said...

that is terrible :O(

9:24 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

it is Mel. But it's not unusual to have these vans full of farmworkers loaded to the hilt. It's a terrible tragedy but there always seems to be insult added to injury as the blame game is played. All are to blame...the Government for not setting better standards; the union, for not protecting these workers better and the workers who put themselves in these positions. Jobs are a dime a dozen here and there are other options. It didn't need to happen like this.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

I'm turning into such a sourpuss. I do feel extremely bad for these people and I don't know that I'm conveying that very well.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Toccata said...

Have been following the story on the radio. The lack of personal responsibility people flaunt these days is so bloody irksome. I am so tired of people blaming everyone else but themselves.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way...I was starting to think I'm a little jaded.

That's exactly it....personal responsibility. Making the decision to get in that sardine can each day was their own. If there was a lack of jobs (there's not) or transit (there's not) then I'd maybe understand. But there is no blame to lay here...it was an accident. The only blame to be laid is on those who made bad decisions.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

I don't know the facts but that looks like toy cars from this far up... just horrible to think that's real people in all that mangled wreckage ...

10:04 AM  

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