The investigation continues into a tragic crash which happened in Jasper on Aug. 7 at approximately 5:00 p.m. RCMP collision analysts continue to investigate in cooperation with Jasper RCMP members.
The deceased passengers of the van were a 50-year-old female from Louisiana and a 28-year-old male from Houston.
The second vehicle involved in the crash was a Hyundai Kona SUV. The four occupants of that vehicle were all declared deceased on scene. The RCMP has been working with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton to identify the four occupants. The confirmed information available at this point is that two of the deceased were a 30 and 35-year-old male, both Indian Nationals working in Banff.
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is continuing to work towards identifying the two remaining occupants of the Kona. Due to the fire that occurred and the possibility that they are not residents of Alberta, this is a complex death investigation.
A statement has been prepared by Tim Dye of Louisiana. Tim is the brother of Angela Elkins. Tim has asked that the RCMP read the statement on his family's behalf, as follows:
To all of those who have been following the tragic event that involved our family, thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We have truly felt the much needed encouragement from, and for, so many people.
Many are asking about Sarah and Curtis who survived the accident. They are currently receiving hospital care and are both in a recovery process. The baby, William, is also safe and reunited with the family. It's truly a miracle that he came through the wreck with nothing more than a few bruises.
There are so many things we are grateful for during this time: To the citizens and the first people present at the scene, your bravery has left us in awe of how willing people are to help. To the RCMP and other first responders, thank you for serving us in this sensitive time with compassionate care while still doing your jobs and seeking information. Your level of excellence in working with us has been exceptional. Finally, to the people who have given hospital care to Sarah, Curtis and William. Words can not express how much each of you have impacted us with your level of care. The Pediatric and ICU nurses made us feel like family by what you guys have done for us and our family.
know there is a long road ahead of us. This family came to Canada seeking adventure. The silver lining is that through all of the pain and loss, we know that Angela and Nick were upgraded to an even better adventure. God's faithfulness has been so evident in how so many people have responded. No word, prayer, financial gift or condolence will go unforgotten by our family.
To the Media: Thank you for receiving this update from us. We ask that you use this as blanket coverage for any of your news stories. We also ask that you respect the rest of our time here and allow us privacy with no further contact, as we continue to recover and return home soon.
The RCMP do not expect to provide a further update on this collision until the investigation is completed by the Collision Analysts. Once the investigation is completed, an update will only be provided if charges are laid.