Friend remembers mom, baby who died in bus crash
The young mother and baby killed in a Greyhound bus crash near Grande Prairie Tuesday morning lived in Ardrossan, a small hamlet about 10 kilometres 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 discovered the infant resting in his mother’s arms after arriving on scene, said Grande Prairie RCMP Const. Scott Hagarty.
A longtime friend of Ramsey says she was a changed person since Taylor was born.
“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 Highway 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.
A 72-year-old woman also died after she was pinned underneath the bus, say RCMP. Her name is being withheld at the request of the family.