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15 passenger vans safety called into question

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The crash of a 15-passenger church van in Blakely that killed four people has raised safety questions.

A 15-passenger van from Tabernacle of Prayer and Deliverance of Columbus blew a right rear tire and rolled over twice October third on U.S. 27. Columbus trial lawyer Jim Butler believes people shouldn't ride in 15-passenger vans. He has sued at least four vehicle manufacturers over the last 18 years. He claims when the vehicles are carrying a full load or are overloaded the center of gravity is high and it's hard for a driver to handle. Albany Transit Drivers who also use large vans agree without proper training the vans can be hard to control.

"They're larger the center of gravity is different they're heavy of course which proposes different challenges in terms of stopping and how you maneuver the vehicle around town as well as one the highway," said Dwain Crosby, Albany transit System Director.

The Georgia Department of Transportation requires a CDL operators license for anyone driving a van with more than 16 passenger seats.

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