This tragic farm accident is straight out of the nightmares of farming parents with small children. Three sisters, aged 13 to 11 were killed in a farm accident in west-central Alberta.
According to the Candian Press, Catie Bott, who was 13, and her 11-year-old twin sisters Jana and Dara were buried while playing on a truck full of canola on Tuesday night.
The accident happened on a family farm near Withrow, about 200 kilometres north of Calgary.
RCMP say adults were able to pull the girls from the truck and perform CPR, but two of them couldn’t be revived. The third girl was flown by air ambulance to a children’s hospital in Edmonton but died overnight.
In a statement read by the RCMP, the parents said the girls grew up on a farm and they don’t regret introducing their daughters to a farm lifestyle.
“Our kids died living life on the farm,” the family said. “It is a family farm. We do not regret raising and involving our kids … on our farm. It was our life.
“Thank you for all of the overwhelming support that we have received from all of the first responders, neighbours and friends. We would ask the media to respect our privacy at this time of grief.”
Exactly what happened is still under investigation.
Emergency crews initially said the girls were in the truck while it was being loaded, but the RCMP said they were playing on the truck when they became buried.