The Canadian Press
HANNA, Alta.–RCMP say three children who died when a semi-trailer truck collided with an SUV northeast of Calgary on Wednesday all were from the United States.
“The family is from Washington State,” said RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott.
“The parents are both in hospital in Calgary and they’re in stable condition,” she added.
The crash happened at a highway intersection near Hanna, about 200 km northeast of Calgary.
Chris Kalyn, with Alberta Health Services, said paramedics were dispatched to the crash at a highway intersection around 5:45 p.m.
“We had three children, an 11-month-old and two children in their mid-teens, that were deceased on scene,” Kalyn said.
The adults in the SUV have not been identified, but RCMP say they are a 44-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman.
The driver of the truck was treated for minor injuries.
Scott said the investigation into the accident is ongoing.
“We had a collision analyst out at the scene Wednesday night so right now what we do is wait for his report,” she noted.
“He does a very comprehensive investigation,” Scott added. “He looks at any factors that contributed to this collision and he puts together a report.
“So until we see that report, I’m not in a position to make any comments or speculation about what happened there.”
Scott said she has spoken to officers who were at the scene who were traumatized, but her deepest concern is for the family.
“The focus here is not our members,” she stressed.
“It’s this family, so telling this family and dealing with the family is hard because we can only imagine the nightmare for the parents.”