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Fatal ditch wreck draws OSHA fine for Vale district

VALE – As was routine, John Harrison and a co-worker at Vale Oregon Irrigation District checked out their trucks before start the day’s chores.

For three weeks, the two had been hauling concrete chunks and other material along to shore up banks of a canal running north and west of Vale.

The dirt road at the end of their route was too narrow for trucks to pass, so the two timed their trips in. One would go in, unload, and come back out, clearing the way for the next.

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