Tractor trip for Ontario couple promoting Canadian dairy ends in tragedy

11 Juillet, 2018, 04:22 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Tractor trip for Ontario couple promoting Canadian dairy ends in tragedy

A woman has been killed and her husband injured in Saskatchewan after the tractor they were driving collided with a semi-truck.

On Monday morning, Bettina and Henk Schuurmans, both 55 years old, were driving on Highway 16, just north of Saskatoon, when the crash occurred. The organization said the couple, from Elmira, Ont., was travelling across the country in the John Deere tractor to raise awareness about the dairy industry.

Their tour involved talking to consumers about supply management and its benefits for the dairy sector. It was being documented on Twitter.

"The news of the tragic accident that happened in Saskatchewan yesterday is devastating", said Dairy Farmers of Ontario spokesperson Laural Adams in an email.

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The semi driver was not injured in the crash, Medavie's spokesperson said.

"The passion that Henk and Bettina Schuurmans had for the Canadian dairy industry was evident in their efforts in organizing and embarking on their tour across Canada".

A GoFundMe page has been started on behalf of the Schuurman family. It has quickly surpassed the stated goal of raising $10,000.

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