Update: Investigation Continues into Fatal Columbia Icefields Accident

Image: Randy Cusack - Accident Scene near Athabaska Glacier on Columbia Icefields
Image: Randy Cusack - Accident Scene near Athabaska Glacier on Columbia Icefields

Columbia Icefields, Alta. – As the investigation into this tragedy continues, the Jasper RCMP, along with the RCMP Collision Reconstructionist, Occupational Health and Safety, Parks Canada, and removal crews remain on the scene at the Columbia Icefields.

RCMP say that “Efforts are currently underway to remove the Ice Explorer vehicle; however, it may take several days. The removal of the vehicle is a large undertaking due to the challenges involved with the area where it came to rest. The RCMP must also protect the physical integrity of the vehicle pending its examination as part of this investigation”.

At this time, Alberta RCMP is unable to confirm the cause of the rollover. However, the RCMP Collision Reconstructionist is able to confirm that there is no evidence that a rock slide precipitated the incident.

As the next-of-kin notifications have been completed, we are able to advise that the victims of this fatality are a 24-year-old female from Canoe Narrows, Sask.; a 28-year-old female from Edmonton; and a 58-year-old male from India. The names of the victims will not be released.

As of late July 19, 2020, Alberta RCMP was able to confirm the remaining occupants who were critically injured, only four were still considered to be in critical but in stable condition. One occupant was in serious but stable condition.

Highway 93 remains open at this time, and we are asking the public to stay clear of the area of the collision so that police and emergency workers have room to continue to do our work. We ask anyone with information about the rollover to please call the Jasper RCMP Detachment at 780-852-3883.