Tour bus company charged with health and safety violations in fatal Jasper Icefields rollover

The company operating a tour bus that crashed into the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park in 2020 has been charged under Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Brewsters Inc. is charged with eight counts under the law, including failing to control hazards and failing to ensure equipment was in good working order.

The charges, announced Friday afternoon by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety, include failing to ensure workers and passengers were safe on the vehicle and near the construction site.

Three people were killed and 14 others suffered life-threatening injuries after a glacier tour vehicle ran off a road on the Columbia Icefield, about 100 kilometers southeast of Jasper, Alberta, July 18, 2020.

The off-road vehicle Ice Explorer, carrying 27 people, rolled for about fifty meters along a moraine slope before coming to rest on its roof.

A total of 24 people were injured.

Buses regularly take tourists up a rugged, rocky road to the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park.

Crown prosecutors continue to review an RCMP investigation into the crash to determine if criminal charges are warranted in the case.

The cause of the overturning of the big-wheeled off-road tourist bus is under investigation.

The RCMP submitted its report on the fatal rollover to the Alberta Crown Attorney’s office last month. Prosecutors will determine whether the evidence warrants criminal charges.

The RCMP report has not been made public. It was originally promised last spring, then pushed back to the fall.

At least two civil cases seeking compensation for survivors and families of victims have been launched in the accident.