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Three passengers dead, others critically injured after Ice Explorer rollover

RCMP confirmed Saturday evening (July 18) that three of the 27 passengers on the Ice Explorer all-terrain vehicle were killed and others critically injured after a rollover at the Columbia Icefield Adventure
An Ice Explorer bus used to transport visitors to the Columbia Icefield is seen overturned Saturday (July 18). RCMP report multiple injuries from the incident, which occurred around 1 p.m. Beatrice Payette PHOTO

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD – Three passengers of an Ice Explorer are dead and others are critically injured after the all-terrain vehicle rolled over at the Columbia Icefield Adventure Saturday (July 18).

According to RCMP, emergency services responded to the scene, located in the Athabasca Valley along Highway 93, at approximately 1 p.m.

An update at 8:15 p.m. confirmed that three passengers of the vehicle were dead and a number of others were critically injured. 

Cpl. Leigh Drinkwater indicated there were 27 occupants of the vehicle when it rolled over.

"The injured were transported from the site of the rollover to the triage site by various helicopter companies contracted by Parks Canada," Drinkwater wrote in the RCMP news release. "From there, the injured were transported to various area hospitals via STARS air ambulance ground ambulance."

Jasper RCMP, along with a K-Division collision analyst, continue to investigate the cause of the rollover. 

Banff and Lake Louise RCMP assisted in the response along with EMS, Jasper and Lake Louise fire departments, STARS Air Ambulance, Alpine Helicopters Inc. and Parks Canada visitor safety specialists. 

Highway 93, also known as the Icefields Parkway, remains open at this time. 

The Columbia Icefield Adventure is 160 kilometres from Banff and 108 km from Jasper. The visitor experience is operated by Pursuit and takes guests to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier, which forms part of the icefield.

According to the company's website, the specially designed Ice Explorers can fit up to 56 passengers. 

This story will be updated as more details become available. 

Tanya Foubert

About the Author: Tanya Foubert

Tanya Foubert started as a news reporter at the Rocky Mountain Outlook in 2006. She won the Canadian Community Newspaper Award for best news story for her coverage of the 2013 flood. In December 2018, she became editor of the Outlook.
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