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Investigators: Most unbuckled in deadly migrant van crash

BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) — Federal investigators say migrant farmworkers riding in the backseats of a van involved in a deadly crash in Virginia weren’t wearing seat belts.

Six people were killed and 10 were injured when the van they were riding in hit a car and flipped several times last June in Caroline County.

A National Transportation Safety Board report released Tuesday says only the driver and front passenger were wearing seatbelts. The report says seatbelts in the rear three rows were either missing or twisted in a knot.

The van’s occupants were immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico who had been harvesting blueberries in North Carolina.

Media outlets reported that the driver of the van, Wenceslao Cruz-Marquez, pleaded guilty in February to involuntary manslaughter and is serving more than three years behind bars.

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