Support surges for farmworkers killed in Oregon highway crash, but hurdles remain

Article author: 
Shannon Sollitt
Article publisher: 
Salem Statesman Journal
Article date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Article category: 
Oregon Issues
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The aftermath of seven farmworkers killed May 18 in one of the deadliest highway crashes in recent Oregon history has highlighted a network willing and able to rally support for its more vulnerable members.

But the unique challenges the farmworker community faces when tragedy strikes also have been accentuated.

A van carrying 11 passengers, all contract farmworkers, was struck by a semitruck traveling north on Interstate 5 near Albany. Six people were killed on-site; a seventh died on the way to a regional hospital. The other four passengers were injured, some severely. . . .