Charges Laid Against Brewster in July 2020 Ice Field Rollover

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Pursuit Bus - Columbia Icefields
Pursuit Bus - Columbia Icefields

EDMONTON – NEWS – It has taken quite a while. In July of 2020 an ice explorer vehicle incident on the Athabasca Glacier resulted in three deaths. Today, Brewster Inc. has been charged with eight counts under the act related to use and maintenance of seatbelts, failing to control hazards and failing to ensure equipment was in safe operating condition. The charges are allegations yet to be proven in court.

The charges stem from an incident on July 18, 2020, when an ice explorer vehicle with 25 people on board left a road and rolled down an embankment on the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park. The rollover killed three passengers and injured numerous other people, including the vehicle’s driver.

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

The matter is scheduled for June 23 in Jasper provincial court. As the matter is before the court, no further information will be provided.

RCMP investigation

The Alberta RCMP’s investigation of the incident has concluded and is in the review process.

The RCMP is aware of the charges that resulted from Alberta Occupational Health and Safety’s separate investigation. The RCMP have shared all requested investigative material gathered during the criminal investigation with the Ministry of Labour and Immigration as required by the Alberta OHS Act. The RCMP’s criminal investigation is independent, separate and parallel to the OHS investigation.

The RCMP will provide a further update to the victims and families in an updated media release when further information about the outcome of the criminal investigation can be shared.