Glacier tour bus in Canada rolls through national park, killing 3 people, seriously injuring several

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Three people were killed and several people injured after a tour bus overturned in a glacier in Canada on Saturday in a national park, officials said.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the Glacier Tourist Bus drove to one of the Rockies’ most popular attractions, the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park in Alberta, early Saturday afternoon.

Alberta Health Services said on Twitter that a total of 24 patients were taken to hospitals in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Hinton and Calgary after “the tragic accident”.

“Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of the deceased, as well as to all patients affected by this tragedy,” AHS tweeted.

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Of those sent to hospitals, 14 were transported in critical and potentially fatal conditions. The others were reportedly in stable condition.

Several people were killed and more than a dozen others were seriously injured when a glacier sightseeing bus taxied to one of the most popular attractions in the Rocky Mountains, the Columbia Icefield, early Saturday after -midday.
(Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press via AP)

Vanja Krtolica, who witnessed the incident, told The Globe and Mail that the rollover occurred around 2 p.m. after the vehicle lost control while driving on an access road.

“All of a sudden everyone started screaming because they saw the coach lose control,” he told the newspaper. “He was going down that 33 degrees … a steep slope and lost control.”

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police attend the scene of a tourist bus overturn at the Columbia Icefields near Jasper, Alta on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police attend the scene of a tourist bus overturn at the Columbia Icefields near Jasper, Alta on Sunday, July 19, 2020.
(Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press via AP)

Tanya Otis with Pursuit, a company that organizes Athabasca Glacier sightseeing tours, told CBC News that one of her Ice Explorer off-road buses overturned on the way to the glacier.

“We will provide further details as they become available,” said Otis. “Our immediate concern is with the injured and their families and we support the efforts of first responders. ”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he was “saddened” to learn of the crash and thanked rescue workers for responding.

“Pray for everyone involved in the incident,” he tweeted.

RCMP told CBC News they were investigating the cause of the rollover with the help of a collision analyst.

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