Feds: Company violated laws in crash that killed 3 workers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal investigation into a van crash that killed three migrant farm workers in Salem has found that the Oregon labor contractor who hired the workers violated federal laws. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the investigation says the U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday that Salem-based JMG Labor Contractor, run by Jose Mota Gonzales, permitted the transportation of workers without required authorization, failed to provide safe transportation, failed to ensure the vehicle’s driver had a valid driver’s license and other violations. JMG Labor Contractor has paid $32,500 in penalties in a settlement. Mota said he doesn’t believe the federal government should be faulting him for the crash because he didn’t arrange transportation and it didn’t occur during work hours.