‘Miracle’ that baby survived Jasper highway crash that killed six, family says in statement

The brother of an American woman killed in horrific crash near Jasper earlier this week says it’s a miracle that the baby in the car survived with just a few bruises.

Six people died Aug. 7 in a collision on the Icefields Parkway, including two members of a family in a van visiting from Texas and Louisiana.

A statement from Tim Dye, read by an RCMP officer at K-Division headquarters Friday, thanked first responders, medical staff and others who sprang into action after the crash that killed his sister Angela Dye Elkins and her son-in-law Nick Copeland.

Elkins’ husband, Curtis Elkins, and daughter, Sarah Copeland, were taken to Edmonton hospitals in serious condition. All four people travelling in another vehicle, a Hyundai Kona SUV, were declared dead on scene.

Dye said that Sarah, Curtis and William, the baby, were recovering in hospital. William is Sarah and Nick Copeland’s son.

“It’s truly a miracle that he came through the wreck with nothing more than a few bruises,” he said in the statement, read by RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott.

“We know there is a long road ahead of us,” Dye’s statement read. “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 had been so evident in how so many people have responded.”

The passengers of the other vehicle were identified by a friend as Anand Panwar and Pawan Kathait’s, both Indian nationals who worked in Banff.

Pawan Kathait, left, and Anand Panwar are shown in this undated handout photo from a GoFundMe fundraising page. A friend says two of the six victims of a deadly crash in Jasper National Park worked together at an Indian restaurant in the town of Banff. …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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