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One person dead in Banff National Park tour bus crash

RCMP say one person died at the scene and another person flown to hospital by STARS

Alberta RCMP say one person is dead after a tour bus crashed into two people at Castle Mountain in Banff National Park.

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Alberta RCMP say one person is dead after a tour bus crashed into two people at Castle Mountain in Banff National Park.

Two tourists were taking photos Wednesday morning when a tour bus struck them at the Castle Mountain viewpoint in Banff National Park, killing the woman while severely injuring the man, according to Alberta RCMP.

At 9:52 a.m. Wednesday, EMS, RCMP, park rescuers and STARS were called to the Castle Mountain viewpoint, located between Banff and Lake Louise, for reports of the crash. 

RCMP say a woman, 53, died on scene while the man, 55, was transported to hospital via STARS Air Ambulance. 

RCMP said the 16-seat tour bus hit the tourists, who were standing in front of the bus, and later rolled into the Bow River. 

EMS couldn't say how many people were on the tour bus, but said there were no injuries on board. 

It isn’t clear if the driver was in or out of the tour bus when it began to roll, RCMP said, adding officers will investigate whether the driver erred or if the bus’ mechanics failed.

EMS said nobody was treated on scene, as the injured individual was immediately driven to Banff and flown to the Foothills Medical Centre thereafter via helicopter. 

RCMP couldn't say where the pedestrians were located on the lookout point when the crash occurred.

The bus remained submerged in the Bow River and tow trucks have been called to pull it out of the river. 

The bus bore a Hainan Airlines logo on it, and the company later released this statement on the crash: 

"Hainan Airlines is deeply saddened by the tragic bus accident near Calgary today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected.

Hainan will continue to work closely with local authorities to support the investigation. 

The tour bus bearing the Hainan Airlines logo is owned and operated by another company, not Hainan Airlines. At the time of the accident, the bus was not servicing Hainan customers or employees."