Two women whose sons were killed in a 15-passenger van crash four years ago in New Brunswick say the horrific collision in Ontario that killed 11 people reinforces their belief that the large vehicles are “death traps.”
Isabelle Hains and Ana Acevedo issued a statement Tuesday saying the vans offer no protection to passengers because they were originally designed to carry cargo, not people.
“It scares me that these vehicles are still on the road and that the government doesn’t take the initiative to ban these vehicles because they are death traps,” Hains said in an interview.
“There were a lot of things that went through my mind last night; the memory and the loss of my son, and the boys, and other families that lost their children in 15-passenger vans.”
Hains’s 17-year-old son Daniel was among seven high school basketball players killed in January 2008 when the 15-passenger Ford Econoline they were in collided with a transport truck on a slushy highway near Bathurst. Acevedo’s 17-year-old son Javier also died in the crash, as did the wife of the team’s coach.