RCMP says no criminal charges in deadly Alberta icefield crash

mount Say number Criminal charges will be filed over two years ago after an all-terrain tour bus capsized on the Columbia Icefield in the Rocky Mountains.

On July 18, 2020, a red and white ice explorer lost control on the road to the Athabasca Glacier, about 100 kilometers southeast of Jasper, Alberta, killing three and injuring 14 with life-threatening injuries. I was.

The bus, which was carrying 27 people, tumbled about 50 meters down the moraine embankment and stopped on the roof.

of RCMP completed its investigation in April and forwarded its findings to the Alberta Crown Prosecutor’s Office for review.

“After they thoroughly reviewed all the evidence, we consulted with them and a final decision was made. number There are grounds for criminal prosecution in this matter.” RCMP Cpl. Troy Savinkov in an interview on Friday.

Savinkov is RCMP The investigation was long and thorough.

He said investigators took a crash analyst to the crash site, seized the ice explorer involved as part of the review, and communicated with Alberta’s Minister of Occupational Safety and Health and other regulatory bodies.

Two civil lawsuits were filed on behalf of those on the bus that day.

Tour bus operator Brewster was also indicted in May on eight counts under the Occupational Safety and Health Act related to the use and maintenance of seatbelts, controlling hazards and ensuring the safe working condition of equipment. it was done.

Savinkoff said police were aware of the state charges, but criminal standards were higher. He added that the criminal investigation was independent and parallel to the occupational health and safety investigation.

RCMPalong with Victim Services, contacted family members and those injured in the crash and relayed the news to them, he said.

“This is an unfortunate and very tragic incident. Well, there will be families and individuals who will be upset by these findings,” Savinkov said.

“But in the end, this is a complicated investigation … Has anything illegal happened that we can prosecute? it was done.”

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