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Alberta, Jul 20 (Canadian-Media): A bus crashed near the Columbia Icefield in the National Jasper Park in Alberta on Saturday afternoon killing three people and injuring 24 others, many of them critically, media reports said.
Image : Columbia Icefield, Brewster Inc.
A witness to bus crashed said he was surprised anyone survived after the glacier sightseeing vehicle rolled four or five times, CBC News reported.
The cause of the rollover could was not confirmed, said Jasper RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Rick Bidaisee on July 20.
The investigation is in progress, said Bidaisee and added that the work was in progress to remove the bus from the crash site so it can be examined.
Identities of the victims in the crash, said Bidaisee, could not be shared at that time as investigators are still trying to notify next-of-kin.
It was shown in the photos and video that the red-and-white bus flipped onto its roof on a rocky slope near the Athabasca Glacier, which is one of the toes of the Columbia Icefield about 100 kilometres south of Jasper.
Vanja Krtolica and his family, he said were on an earlier bus tour and after visiting the glacier, were waiting for a later tour bus when Krtolica heard gasps as people on his bus watched the oncoming bus gain speed, careening down the hill.
"That's when the bus hit the embankment sideways, flipped and probably rolled about four or five times, from what I could tell," he said.
"My gut feeling was that it was very, very bad," Krtolica said. "The initial impression of the accident was that I don't know if anybody made it out," CBC News reported.