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Farmworker's death probed

May 25, 2008|From the Associated Press

California officials are investigating the death of an 18-year-old farmworker who collapsed after working an eight-hour shift in 100-degree heat.

Maria Isabel Vasquez died last week at Lodi Memorial Hospital, two days after collapsing in a San Joaquin County vineyard.

Supervisors reportedly tried to revive Jimenez with a wet towel and rubbing alcohol before she was taken to a Lodi medical clinic.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating whether overwork or poor working conditions might have led to her death.

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