Woman, child from Ardrossan among bus crash victims
The young mother and baby killed in a Greyhound bus crash near Grande Prairie Tuesday morning lived in Ardrossan, a small hamlet about 10 km east of Edmonton, RCMP said yesterday.
Twenty-year-old Christa-Marie Olsen Ramsey and her four-and-a-half month old son Taylor Jack Paul Ramsey boarded the bus in Edmonton before they were killed in a rollover near Grande Prairie that sent some passengers flying through the windows.
Rescue crews also discovered the infant resting in his mother’s arms after arriving on scene, said Grande Prairie RCMP Const. Scott Hagarty.
A third passenger also died in the crash, and RCMP identified her early last night as 72-year-old Olga Dimmer of Grande Prairie.
A longtime friend of Ramsey, meanwhile says the young mom was a changed person since the birth of her son.
"She was so proud of her son and she couldn’t wait until he spoke his first word and taking his first steps," said Crystal Chan-Seipert in an e-mail.
"I don’t know what to say, but I miss her already."
Hagarty says officers have determined weather and road conditions were factors in the early morning crash that saw the bus lose control on an icy stretch of Hwy. 43 and roll over once it hit a ditch.
Six of the 26 injured passengers are still in hospital in Grande Prairie, a spokeswoman with Peace County Health told Metro yesterday, and others are already back home, reports Greyhound.
The bus was being driven by an operator with one year driving experience with the company who escaped the crash with minimal injuries, but the president of the union that represents Greyhound’s 1,150 drivers says the driver’s experience shouldn’t be an issue in the tragedy.
Jim Higgs, who has been a bus operator for 38 years, says new recruits are put through a rigorous training program and some are left without a job once the process is completed.