OTTAWA — A glacier tour bus rolled over in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta on Saturday afternoon, injuring a number of passengers, in accordance with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The police stated in an announcement that emergency employees from a wide range of companies have been descending on the scene of a “motor coach rollover” close to the Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park.
Tanya Otis, a spokeswoman for Pursuit, the corporate that operates excursions of the ice fields, stated the incident concerned one among its particular, all-terrain buses that ferry guests onto the glacier. She had no additional details about what induced the accident which befell on a steep, unpaved service highway used to succeed in the glacier.
A photograph from a bystander posted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation confirmed the purple and white bus badly broken, on its roof and effectively down the embankment from the highway.
The ice fields are a major international tourist attraction and are a part of the Athabasca Glacier, one of many largest in the Rockies.
Sabrina Atwal, a spokeswoman for Alberta Health Services stated that a number of hospitals in the province have been getting ready to obtain sufferers together with individuals in “critical and serious condition.” At least three helicopter ambulances had been dispatched to the park.
One of these witnesses, whose report couldn’t be verified, stated on Twitter that he was stuck with several other passenger on another “ice explorer” bus that was pressured to cease after the incident at about 2 p.m. native time. The man wrote that he noticed the opposite bus lose “control and roll over.”
Rob Kanty, who witnessed the rollover after ending an earlier bus tour, stated in an e-mail that it appeared the bus encountered a rock slide. He estimated that 15 individuals have been on board on the time of the rollover and added that the buses didn’t have seatbelts.