Local family involved in fatal crash in Canada


Global News in Canada reports six people, including two American tourists, are dead following a head-on crash near Jasper, Alta. on Tuesday evening.

NBC 6 News has confirmed through sources the family of Curtis Elkins was involved in the accident. Elkins wife Angela Dye Elkins died in the accident along with the Elkins son in law Nick Copeland.

Officials said the collision happened at around 5 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 93 at Honeymoon Lake.

They said a van heading north on the highway collided head-on with a southbound vehicle. Both vehicles caught fire, police said.

The van was carrying a family of five that was visiting the area from the United States, police said in a media release Wednesday morning. Two of the people in the van were declared dead on the scene. Two others were taken to hospital in Edmonton with “very serious injuries,” police said. A young toddler was taken to hospital in Jasper but was not injured.

Scott said two of the Americans were from Louisiana and three of them were from Texas. They were all family members, she said.

The southbound vehicle was carrying four people, all of whom were killed.

Colorado resident Christina Loescher came upon the accident shortly after it happened and said bystanders, including herself and her husband, jumped in to help. She said they weren’t able to get close to the burning vehicles, but people ran to pull the pair out of the vehicle that ended up in the ditch.

Loescher said the vehicle fire quickly spread to the nearby brush and forested areas. That’s when bystanders gathered fire extinguishers, shovels and even water bottles from other drivers to try to douse the flames. She said they kept watch until a helicopter equipped with a bucket arrived.


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