Pursuit, the company behind the fatal bus rollover in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains last year, has resumed operations and installed seatbelts in its vehicles.
Three people were killed and 14 were injured when a big-wheeled ice explorer rolled down a rocky embankment and landed on its roof on the Columbia Icefield on July 18, 2020.
Pursuit told Global News that the ice explorer experience reopened on May 21.
“Immediately following the accident last summer, we engaged a team of internal and external experts to identify any additional safety measures to add to our current operation,” said Pursuit communications manager Tanya Otis on Saturday.
“This multi-disciplinary team reviewed all elements of the operation, including fleet management, road maintenance and driver training.”
As a result of the recommendations, Otis said Pursuit has implemented additional measures to its safety and training programs that “adhere to and exceed current industry best practices,” including installing seatbelts in its fleet, implementing a new road maintenance and conditions measurement system, and enhancing the existing in-house driving training program.
“The incident at the Columbia Icefield last July was tragic, and we continue to extend our deepest condolences to everyone involved,” Otis added.
The fatal rollover was the first major crash for the company, which operates the red-and-white sightseeing buses with monster-truck tires, according to The Canadian Press.
At least two lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the 27 people on the bus that day.
The RCMP investigation is ongoing.
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