3 Dead Others Injured After Glacier Tour Bus Rolls Over in Canadian Rockies Near Jasper

Three people are dead and several are in critical condition after an all-terrain sight-seeing bus rolled off the side of the road at the Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies, according to RCMP.

The red-and-white vehicle was carrying 27 people, the Mounties said in a statement Saturday evening.

The rollover happened Saturday afternoon, when a vehicle designed to navigate the steep mountain terrain and the ice field as part of the Columbia Ice field Adventure lost control as it drove down the road toward the ice sheet.

Vanja Krtolica, who witnessed the accident, said he was in a similar coach on the Athabasca Glacier, facing the hill and waiting for the other vehicle to finish its descent so his tour bus could return to the visitor centre, when the crash happened around 2:00 P.M.

“All of a sudden, everybody started screaming because they saw the coach lose control,” he said Saturday evening, while still on the glacier as emergency crews worked at the crash scene. “It was careening down that 33 degree…steep hill and lost control.”

“The vehicle rolled about five or six times down the hill, Mr. Krtolica said. It stopped with its wheels in the air”.

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