Tour Bus Rollover on Columbia Icefields – 27 on board – Critical and Serious Injuries

Pursuit Bus - Columbia Icefields
Pursuit Bus - Columbia Icefields

Three People Dead in Accident

UPDATE: 20:52 MDT – Columbia Icefields, Alta – At approximately 1 p.m., July 18, 2020, members of the RCMP Jasper Detachment, with the assistance of the Lake Louise and Banff RCMP Detachments responded to a rollover of an Ice Explorer all-terrain vehicle within the Columbia Icefields within the Athabasca Valley.

Given the remote location, and the number of injured, Lake Louise and Jasper Fire Departments were dispatched, along with Parks Canada staff, and EMS from Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff.

There were 27 occupants in the vehicle.

Three adults were confirmed deceased, along with a number of other passengers critically injured.  The injured were transported from the site of the rollover to the triage site by various helicopter companies contracted by Parks Canada.

From there, the injured were transported to various area hospitals via STARS air ambulance ground ambulance.

With the support of the K Division Collision Analyst, the Jasper RCMP detachment will continue the investigation into the cause of the rollover.

At this time, no names are being released as next of kin notifications are currently underway.

Highway 93 remains open at this time.

UPDATED – There are three deaths reported so far in the accident in Alberta at the Columbia Icefields. Others are seriously injured in the accident.

EARLIER – A tour bus on the Columbia Icefields in Alberta has rolled over. There are multiple injuries with some people suffering from critical injuries and others in serious condition. There were reportedly 27 people (updated) on board the bus.

The Jasper RCMP detachment, with the assistance of other RCMP detachments, are on scene at a motor coach rollover in the area of the Columbia Icefields, Highway 93.

Three rescue Shock Trauma Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

Multiple injuries have been reported, and the RCMP is working with the assistance of numerous Fire Departments, EMS, STARS air ambulance, and Parks Canada.

The RCMP and other responding agencies are asking that people stay away from the area at this time as to allow emergency responders clear access into and out of the area.

Alberta Health Services released the following statement:

“EMS is attending a serious accident on the Columbia Icefields. There are multiple patients, including several in critical and serious condition, however we do not have further information at this time. We are preparing several of our hospitals, including in Edmonton and Calgary, for patients involved in the Columbia Icefields accident.”

The investigation is in the preliminary stages, and updates will be provided as they become available.

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