Canada Fatal crash for Elmira dairy farmers on cross-Canada tractor trip

07:26  10 july  2018
07:26  10 july  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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An Ontario woman who was on a cross -country tractor tour with her husband to promote Canada ’s dairy industry has died in a collision with a semi north of Saskatoon. Bettina Schuurmans, 55, from Elmira , Ont., died in the crash Monday morning on Highway 16, while her husband, Henk

a person standing next to a cow: Henk and Bettina Schuurmans pose on their cross Canada tour. © Gofundme: Canadian Dairy Industry Henk and Bettina Schuurmans pose on their cross Canada tour.

Two farmers from Elmira, Ont. have been involved in a fatal road accident just outside of Saskatoon, Sask. while they were on a cross Canada trip to promote dairy farming. 

Henk and Bettina Shuurmans were driving across the country on a John Deere tractor decorated with a life-sized replica dairy cow to promote discussion about the importance of supply-management to family farms in Canada. 

Bettina was killed in the crash and Henk taken to hospital with severe injuries. 

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The driver of the tractor -trailer was not injured and was not in custody, according to the RCMP. “Throughout Canada , we see teams going out into the Canadian winters on buses all the time. The wreckage of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen Saturday, April, 7, 2018.

A GoFundMe page set up after the collision reads: "There will be expenses related to the accident and its aftermath, and lasting impact to their family."

Murray Sherk, a board member of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, said people at the organization "were really shocked." 

"They were intentionally doing something to try to promote the industry in a unique way of driving the tractor across Canada," said Sherk. 

"Our sympathies definitely go out to the rest of the family." 

"They were sending pictures every day from various places where they visited and to end like this, is just terribly tragic," he said. 

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Source: http://ca.pressfrom.com/news/canada/-82955-fatal-crash-for-elmira-dairy-farmers-on-cross-canada-tractor-trip/

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