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Company charged in Alberta bus crash


JASPER, ALBERTA — A motor coach company has been charged in connection with a fatal accident nearly two years ago at the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park, Alberta.

The Alberta government said Friday that Brewster Inc. faces eight charges under the province’s occupational health and safety law. The charges relate to the use and maintenance of seat belts, failure to properly assess the risks and failure to ensure that the equipment was in good condition.

Three people were killed and 14 others suffered serious injuries after the red and white high-wheeled Ice Explorer coach lost control on the road to the Athabasca Glacier, about 100 kilometers southeast of Jasper, Alberta , July 18, 2020.

The vehicle, with 27 people on board, slid and rolled about fifty meters before coming to rest on its roof.

Icefield tours resumed last year. The tour bus operator said seat belts had been added to vehicles and changes had been made to driver training and road maintenance.

Pursuit, the company that operates the Icefield bus tours, said in an emailed statement that it could not comment on details of the case due to legal proceedings.

“We continue to support a transparent investigation into this tragic accident,” she said.

The case is due in Jasper Provincial Court on June 23.

A final RCMP report on the rollover has not been made public, but was submitted to Alberta prosecutors in April.

The Crown will determine if the evidence warrants criminal charges.

“The RCMP is aware of the charges that resulted from the separate investigation by the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Commission. The RCMP has shared all investigative documents requested during the criminal investigation with the Department of Labor and Immigration, as required by law,” the RCMP said in a statement.

The RCMP added that it will provide a further update to victims and families when the results of the criminal investigation can be shared.

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




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