Two international students from China attending the University of Alberta and a former student died in the Family Day crash on the QEII.
A fourth student from China remains in serious condition at an Edmonton hospital after the 10:40 a.m. southbound SUV crash, just south of the under-construction 41 Avenue overpass, near Gateway Park. Leduc RCMP and emergency services found the three victims dead on scene while the female survivor was transported to hospital by STARS air ambulance.
Police say a 20-year-old male, a 24-year-old male and a 20-year-old female are among the dead.
“Words seem inadequate to express the sadness enveloping our campus today,” said U of A president Indira Samarasekera, in a statement released Tuesday.
“Two of our students and a former student lost their lives in a tragic car accident (Monday) and a fourth person is in serious condition in hospital. On behalf of our university community, I wish to send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the students who died. Our prayers are with the survivor.”
RCMP say the SUV was travelling southbound on Highway 2, and came into contact with the shoulder of the roadway, before losing control sending the vehicle rolling several times in the middle of the southbound lanes.
“I urge any member of our university community who has been affected to reach out to the supports available from the University and the surrounding community. Students in residence are encouraged to contact an RA or other residence staff,” said Samarasekera.
Sudents can access the the following supports on campus:
- Counselling and Clinical Services (CCS): 2nd floor SUB or 780.492.5205.
- Community Social Work Team: 780.492.3342 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chaplains Association: 780.492.0339 or email@example.com
- Peer Support Centre: 2-707 SUB, 780.492.HELP (4357) or firstname.lastname@example.org
“This is a sad day for the University of Alberta, and most especially for the families and those closest to these young people,” added Samarasekera.
“I know that our supportive community will come together and that our caring thoughts will, over time, bring some small measure of peace to those who have lost loved ones this weekend.”
Any motorists who were witnesses to the collision are encouraged to contact the Leduc Integrated Traffic Services at 780-980-7267.