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Victims of fatal crash in Jasper National Park identified
Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 4:11PM MDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:29PM MDT
The identities of the victims of a deadly crash in Jasper National Park on Tuesday night have been released and they include a family visiting from the United States and a group of workers from Banff.
Curtis and Angela Elkins were visiting the area along with their daughter and son-in-law Sarah and Nick Copeland and two-year-old grandson when their van, northbound on Highway 93, crashed into a southbound vehicle at around 5:00 p.m.
Angela and Nick were killed as a result and Curtis and Sarah were taken to hospital while the two-year-old boy was not hurt.
Four people inside the southbound vehicle were also killed in the crash.
They have been identified as Anand Singh Panwar and Pavan Kathiat, both chefs at the Masala Authentic Indian Cuisine Restaurant in Banff, Ganesh Anala, a kitchen helper at the same restaurant and Gelek Wangmo, a housekeeper at the Rimrock Hotel.
All four victims lived and worked in Banff to support their families who are still at home in India.
Aditya Bali, a friend of the victims says it is a big shock to hear the news of their deaths.
"They were all very happy because they worked as a team. They understood each other's situation and handled their operations very well. They used to live together, all three of them."
Bali said that all of them are like family, so the losses are particularly hard to take.
Another friend, Choneyi Dolma, says it is a strange feeling not to have Wangmo with them.
"I can't describe my feelings too well. Right now but I would like to say on behalf of everyone that we are really sad about her and her family."
Dolma says she was a really nice person who always put a big smile on your face at any time.
"She did her best in everything."
RCMP are still trying to determine the cause of the crash.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support the families of the victims.