It was a tragic accident last week at the Columbia icefield parking lot where a bus slid on the ice and it killed the driver. A total of 24 people were injured. “Right when we got on the glacier tour bus, the driver said, ‘Fasten your seatbelts,’ and we all looked around us, trying look for seatbelts and there was nothing. Cpl. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Receiving feedback from driver guides and staff from other departments that are involved with the Columbia Icefield Adventure, incident/accident reports, referring any outstanding items to the Sr Manager Operations and Attractions and/or the Director of Attractions, and conducting minor staff performance adjustments as required “It was the full, maximum load that we could take under the COVID rules,” McKenna said. A rolled-over tour bus rests where it fell on the Columbia Icefield near Jasper, Alta., July 19, 2020. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. “We are getting the assistance of qualified people, proper equipment … so we’re able to continue with our investigation in a manner that protects the integrity of the evidence involved, and the safety of all involved,” she said Tuesday. 20, 2020. None of the allegations has been proven in court. The drivers both said they had close calls while passengers were on board, including instances of buses sliding down the glacier and failed brakes. She was on vacation with Ernest and his cousin when the bus rolled, killing three and critically injuring 14. A 28-year-old woman from Edmonton and a 58-year-old man from India also died in the crash. A spokeswoman for Pursuit, the company that runs the Columbia Icefield tours, said it couldn't comment on pending litigation. He believes the vehicle was going too fast as the driver was pressing on the brakes when the front wheels started to slide. A total of 24 people were injured. Aug 25, 2020 3:00 AM By: Canadian Press. Dionne Durocher, 24, and her sisters Roberta and Charley. The crash at the Columbia Icefield on Saturday afternoon kills three people and leaves 24 others badly injured Dionne Durocher, 24, with her twin brothers Bradly and Jerry. (Submitted by Chris Bunz) CALGARY - A class-action lawsuit alleging the defendants acted recklessly and unreasonably has been filed against the operators of a tour bus involved in a fatal rollover at Jasper National Park’s Columbia Icefield. Dionne Durocher, 24, died after an off-road bus crashed during a tour of the Columbia Icefield south of Jasper, Alta., on Saturday, July 18, 2020. 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4. Ernest was discharged from Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra HospitalTuesday with a concussion, more than 10 stitches each in his head and hand, a fractured wrist and other bruises and cuts. Their names have not been released. RCMP officials say the driver was outside her bus in the Columbia Icefield parking lot when a collision occurred involving several vehicles including the unmanned bus. Please try again. © 2020 Bow Valley Crag & Canyon, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. The class action, which so far includes 10 of the 27 people on the bus, must be approved by a judge if it is to go ahead. tap here to see other videos from our team. A letter from general manager Corey Donovan sent to Hamer in June 2019 and obtained by Postmedia, describes the outcome of an internal investigation, which Donovan said in the letter the company took seriously. (Image courtesy Devon Ray Ernest). We encountered an issue signing you up. “I kind of want to believe she is the one who woke me up … because her hand was on my leg, kind of cuddling me.”. Normally the coaches hold 56 passengers and a driver, but due to COVID-19 the capacity was reduced to 26 passengers. Share. COLUMBIA ICEFIELD, Alta. Durocher was breathing, he said, but shortly afterward she stopped. The glacier tour was their last stop. "We continue to actively support a transparent and multi-agency investigation into the cause of this tragic accident. (Courtesy: Angela Bye) She was on vacation with Ernest and his cousin when the bus rolled, killing three and critically injuring 14. RCMP say rockslide not responsible for Columbia Icefield bus crash; ... said in a Monday news release the bus driver was an employee of Brewster Sightseeing Tours, … bus tragedy. © 2020 Edmonton Journal, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings. (Submitted by Chris Bunz) By The Canadian Press. Tony Hamer, from Prescott, Ariz., went with friends to see the Athabasca Glacier on May 20, 2019, with the tour company Pursuit. The crash occurred at 2:09 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Icefield tourist site just off Highway 93, near the southern end of Jasper National Park. Your happiness puts a song in my heart, that is why you will always be my one and only sweetheart,” reads the poem. McKenna said before the coronavirus, the Columbia Icefield Adventure averaged 4,000 visitors a day and this year the busiest day saw 500 people on the tour. The bus crashed on the Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest non-polar icefields in the world. Cam Cook, Global News Pursuit did not respond to a request for comment by press deadline, but in a statement to The Canadian Press said vehicles don’t have seatbelts because they aren’t approved to run on highways and don’t go faster than 40 km/h. The most loving person ever,” he said. RCMP said they expected the vehicle to be removed from the scene by Tuesday night. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings. A tour bus rolled over at the Columbia Icefield near Jasper, Alta. Pursuit would not comment on the 2019 safety incident because of a class action lawsuit surrounding the fatal crash this summer. A class-action lawsuit alleging the defendants acted recklessly and unreasonably has been filed against the operators of a tour bus involved in a fatal rollover at Jasper National Park’s Columbia Icefield. Picture of the Columbia Icefields bus crash. He said Pursuit has not reached out to him. “As part of our rigorous training for drivers to drive these vehicles, we train this exact situation in which all drivers need to know how to handle it safely,” Donovan wrote. 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. The vehicle had 27 people aboard – 26 passengers and one driver – when the accident happened. Durocher died after an off-road bus crashed during a tour of the Columbia Icefield south of Jasper, Alta., on Saturday, July 18, 2020. It is located about 100 kilometres south of Jasper and accessed from Highway 93 North, the Icefields Parkway. COLUMBIA ICEFIELD, Alta. So I held out my hands, and then I woke up, laying next to my girlfriend,” Ernest said. 25 Aug 2020. Class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of passengers in fatal Icefield bus crash. This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. None of the allegations has been proven in cour The company whose off-road tour bus was involved ina fatal crash on the Columbia Icefield in July was involved in a different safety incident a year ago, which a passenger feels wasn’t addressed properly. British Columbia's police watchdog has announced it's investigating RCMP actions surrounding a crash almost two months ago. “I’m so sad right now.”. The Columbia Icefield is picturesque but remote, situated about an hour from Jasper on the Icefields Parkway, which runs … Passenger of earlier incident at Columbia Icefield says company didn't take malfunction seriously enough. A spokeswoman for Pursuit, the company that runs the Columbia Icefield tours, said it couldn’t comment on pending litigation. "To those who lost a loved one in yesterday’s bus crash at the Columbia Icefields, know that we are here for you and are keeping you in our thoughts," Trudeau wrote. Class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of passengers in fatal Icefield bus crash. It is located about 100 kilometres south of Jasper and accessed from Highway 93 North, the Icefields Parkway. Pursuit requires all of its drivers to have a Class 2 licence with an air brake endorsement, similar to what anyone who drives a highway motorcoach would have. It is located about 100 kilometres south of Jasper and accessed from Highway 93 North, the Icefields Parkway. Class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of passengers in fatal Icefield bus crash Back to video The bus rolled about 50 metres down a moraine embankment … BG. “We were sort of shrugged off … we’ll do an investigation, and internal investigation,” he said. McKenna said before the coronavirus, the Columbia Icefield Adventure averaged 4,000 visitors a day and this year the busiest day saw 500 people on the tour. CALGARY — A class-action lawsuit alleging the defendants acted recklessly and unreasonably has been filed against the operators of a tour bus involved in a fatal rollover at Jasper National Park’s Columbia Icefield.. Three people were killed and 14 others suffered life-threatening injuries on July 18 when the red-and-white, all-terrain Ice Explorer lost control while carrying … Ottawa (CNN) Three people have died in an off-road tour bus accident in the Canadian Rockies, according to … Dionne Durocher, 24, and her partner Devon Ray Ernest. Dionne Durocher died after an off-road tour vehicle crashed in the Columbia Icefield south of Jasper on July 18, 2020. The Columbia Icefields bus crash. The parking brake engaged, and the bus began rolling backwards “which is normal, as the parking brake alone is not powerful enough to hold the bus in place on that steep of an angle,” reads the email. “We continue to actively support a transparent and multi-agency investigation into the cause of this tragic accident. The vehicle was inspected the next day and found to have a faulty passenger door valve and sensor, which caused the parking brake to pop during the climb. Unit 542 continued running tours without incident, the letter reads. ... the unidentified driver of the coach. The Columbia Icefield is picturesque but remote, situated about an hour from Jasper on the Icefields Parkway, which runs between Banff and Jasper national parks. Three People Dead in Accident. The tour bus crashed en route to the Columbia Icefield on Saturday in Alberta ... on the scene moments after the accident, according to local reports. But he had essentially no brakes at that point … or any brakes he had certainly weren’t arresting the free-fall of the bus. A rolled-over tour bus rests where it fell on the Columbia Icefield near Jasper, Alta., Sunday, July 19, 2020. On the return trip, the six-wheeled, 25,000-kilogram red and white Ice Explorer was climbing a hill then plummeted backwards at a high speed, and didn’t stop until it reached a flat area. Three people died, and fourteen were sent to hospital in critical condition. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press) A spokeswoman for Pursuit, the company that runs the Columbia Icefield tours, said it couldn't comment on pending litigation. Class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of passengers in fatal Icefield bus crash. Dionne Durocher, 24, and her partner Devon Ray Ernest. Join the mailing list to receive daily email updates. Source CTV National News. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. “We were probably about 100 metres up the hill and we started to careen backwards,” he told Postmedia. A rolled-over tour bus rests where it fell on the Columbia Icefield near Jasper, Alta., Sunday, July 19, 2020. The driver let go of the parking brake so the bus could reverse down the hill, and then engaged the air brakes and parking brake, and came to a full stop. “We continue to actively support a transparent and multi-agency investigation into the cause of this tragic accident. The RCMP also would not comment on the incident, but did confirm the vehicle that crashed this summer was a different unit. It is located about 100 kilometres south of Jasper and accessed from Highway 93 North, the Icefields Parkway.. On July 18, 2020, 26 passengers and a driver were aboard the Ice Explorer vehicle when it crashed on the rocky terrain at the Columbia Icefield during a tour of the Athabasca Glacier run by the company Pursuit and Brewster Sightseeing Tours. Dionne Durocher died after an off-road tour vehicle crashed in the Columbia Icefield south of Jasper on July 18, 2020. By Bill Graveland The Canadian Press. It is located about 100 kilometres south of Jasper and accessed from Highway 93 North, the Icefields … The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest non-polar icefields in the world. (Image courtesy Rose Durocher). At 3:30 a.m., a car traveling north sheared off a telephone pole and ended upside down in the northbound lane when a semitruck heading north came around the … A second bus retrieved the passengers and brought them back to the base camp. Durocher was on vacation with her partner and his cousin when the bus rolled, killing three and critically injuring 14. “Even though she’s tiny, she wants to reach big goals,” Rose Durocher, her aunt, told Postmedia Tuesday. On July 18, 2020, 26 passengers and a driver were aboard the Ice Explorer vehicle when it crashed on the rocky terrain at the Columbia Icefield during a tour of the Athabasca Glacier run by the company Pursuit and Brewster Sightseeing Tours. The Columbia Icefield is about 100 kilometres south of Jasper and 130 kilometres north of Lake Louise, on a highway known as the Icefields Parkway. A tour bus sits upside down on the Columbia Icefield near Jasper, Alta., a day after it rolled, killing three passengers and injuring 14 others. It was taken out of service for repairs and returned to services after testing. Ernest described his girlfriend as caring person who loved her family and the planet. A massive sightseeing bus driving to a glacier at the Columbia Icefield Saturday rolled down an embankment, killing three people and injuring over 20. COLUMBIA ICEFIELD, Alta. Officials released more information Sunday about the mammoth rescue effort that happened after the crash. Dionne Durocher, 24, and her partner Devon Ray Ernest. There was an error, please provide a valid email address. Posted on 2020-12-03 2020-12-03 by 2020-12-03 2020-12-03 by Bill Graveland / The Canadian Press. CALGARY -- Another person has died in a tragic accident in Canada's Rocky Mountains, this time in Banff National Park. The off-road tour buses are painted red and white, and have six large monster truck-style wheels. — The president of the company that runs the bus tours at the Columbia Icefield between Banff and Jasper said changes will be made, if necessary, after a rollover on the glacier killed three people and sent two dozen to hospital. (Image courtesy Devon Ray Ernest). Mounties say they remain at the Columbia Icefield between Banff and Jasper with a collision reconstructionist, occupational health and safety personnel, Parks Canada, and removal crews The next issue of Edmonton Journal Headline News will soon be in your inbox. UPDATE: 20:52 MDT – Columbia Icefields, Alta – At approximately 1 p.m., July 18, 2020, members of the RCMP Jasper Detachment, with the assistance of the Lake Louise and Banff RCMP Detachments responded to a rollover of an Ice Explorer all-terrain vehicle within the Columbia Icefields within the Athabasca Valley. COLUMBIA ICEFIELD – Several companies, including the operators of the all-terrain Ice Explorer and the unidentified bus driver, have been listed in a class-action lawsuit filed by a survivor of the fatal Columbia Icefield bus crash. Ottawa (CNN) Three people have died in an off-road tour bus accident in the Canadian Rockies, according to … The results of this investigation, once completed, will be shared with the public. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. Ernest, Durocher and his cousin took the tour on the last day of their trip, which they planned as a belated birthday gift to him. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. “She would always cuddle me whenever I felt sad. “It was quick, it was fast, it was scary.”. A rolled-over tour bus rests where it fell on the Columbia Icefield near Jasper, Alta., Sunday, July 19, 2020. 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