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Tragedy struck the farm worker community in 1974 when a bus massacre occurred. The bus transported farm workers hit a drainage canal, as a result, 19 people were killed, and 28 were severely injured. The vehicle was owned by Jesus Ayala (labor contractor). Mr. Ayala had several accusation against him regarding mistreatment of farm workers. After the massacre occurred Mr. Ayala was not prosecuted. The United Farm Workers, the victims, supporters, and other unions fought for an investigation and prosecution of Mr. Ayala.
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Archives & Special Collections of California State University, Monterey Bay
"Highway Patrol Won't Act on Bus Massacre & Ayala History of Abuse/La Patrulla de Carreteras no Actuará Sobre la Masacre de Autobús y Historia de Abuso" (1974). Subjects. 189.