Friday, 16 October 2015 16:47
Farm Safety is very important so that tragedy like this does not happen. Every year there are many deaths on the farm.
EDMONTON — Three children involved in an incident at a family-owned farm near Withrow, Alta. have died.
Sisters Catie, 13, Dara, 11, and Jana, 11, were playing on a truck loaded with canola at a rural property 15 kilometres east of Rocky Mountain House on Tuesday when they were buried by the seed.
Family and friends managed to pull the girls out of the grain and performed CPR until emergency crews arrived, but RCMP said two of the girls were pronounced dead at the scene. One of the sisters was airlifted to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton Tuesday night in critical condition. On Wednesday, RCMP confirmed she too had died at 3:18 a.m. “The RCMP expresses its deepest condolences to the family and the local community, and is committed to providing them with the victim services support they may require in the aftermath of these sudden deaths,” said Sgt. Mike Numan during a news conference.Emergency crews from Eckville and Rocky Mountain House were called to the rural property in Clearwater County just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. The area is a very close-knit community and many of the first responders knew the family, including parents Roger and Bonita Bott. “This hits us all very hard,” said Numan. “Front-line responders are routinely called out to sad situations, but things are always harder when there’s children involved.”
“It’s extremely challenging,” said Fire Chief Cammie Laird with Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services. “It’s all volunteer firefighters in this area so we certainly do know them.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.