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 The driver, responsible for Monday's crash, had a long-list of violations, but regulators failed to find this in his  background check, which only covered in-state records. (Nerdcoregirl/Flickr)
The driver, responsible for Monday's crash, had a long-list of violations, but regulators failed to find this in his background check, which only covered in-state records. (Nerdcoregirl/Flickr)

A van full of adults with special needs crashed in Newton Monday, injuring 12 passengers.

Police allege the driver, Addis Woldeguiorguis, was on prescription painkillers and carrying drugs and paraphernalia when he drove into the back of a garbage truck.

Ben Wolford reports that the driver had a long and troubling driving record. Three-pages long, in fact, which included at least one infraction that should have blocked Woldeguiorguis from operating the van.

But because the violations took place out of Massachusetts, the state, which is responsible for running backgrounds on drivers like Woldeguiorguis, had no idea.

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  • Ben Wolford, correspondent, The Boston Globe

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This segment aired on August 3, 2011.

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