3 from China die in Ed­mon­ton crash

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By NIU YUE For China Daily

Two stu­dents and a for­mer stu­dent from China at the Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta were killed, and an­other Chi­nese stu­dent was se­ri­ously in­jured when their SUV rolled over on High­way 2 out­side Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta prov­ince, on Mon­day morn­ing.

The three killed were a 20-year-old male, a 24-year-old male and a 20-year-old fe­male, the Ed­mon­ton Sun re­ported. The sur­vivor is a 21-year-old woman. The names of the vic­tims have not yet been re­leased.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Po­lice said the SUV was trav­el­ing south­bound on High­way 2, and came into con­tact with the shoul­der of the road­way, be­fore los­ing con­trol, the Sun re­ported. The ve­hi­cle rolled sev­eral times in the mid­dle of the south­bound lanes.

“Words seem in­ad­e­quate to ex­press the sad­ness en­velop­ing our cam­pus to­day. ... On be­half of our uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity, I wish to send my heart­felt con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies and friends of the stu­dents who died. Our thoughts are with the sur­vivor,” uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Indira V. Sa­ma­rasek­era wrote in a state­ment on the school’s web­site Tues­day.

The Chi­nese con­sulate gen­eral’s of­fice said it has con­tacted the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims with help from the Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta and the Al­berta Chi­nese Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, the cbcnews web­site re­ported. The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment is se­cur­ing visas for fam­ily mem­bers to visit Canada and make fu­neral ar­range­ments, the web­site said.

Any mo­torists who wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent were asked to con­tact the Le­duc In­te­grated Traf­fic Ser­vices at 780-980-7267.

A me­mo­rial was planned for Wed­nes­day evening at the uni­ver­sity.

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