Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos inhalation. If asbestos dust is inhaled, the fibers embed into the lining of the organs, where mesothelioma can develop. It is estimated that 43,000 people around the world die annually from mesothelioma. By 2020, the mesothelioma death rate in developed countries - such as New Zealand, is expected to increase by 5 to 10 percent annually.
As the van neared the Hamilton roundabout its occupants couldn't believe what they were seeing - a four-wheel-drive veered across four lanes of traffic toward them, ploughing through a steel fence and accelerating into a furniture store.