When Louisiana businessman Ronnie Cures obtained a textual content message saying his buddies had been concerned in a lethal crash in Alberta’s scenic Jasper Nationwide Park, he says it was like being punched within the abdomen.
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However then Cures, a industrial actual property developer who additionally owns Shreveport Limousine, sprang to motion to assist convey the cherished ones of Curtis and Angela Elkins to Edmonton, the place survivors of the collision had been hospitalized.
“With out even understanding how far it was, I stated I would make it occur,” Cures stated from aboard his personal airplane in Edmonton Thursday.
“I instantly started to scramble and rearrange the remainder of my schedule.”
Six folks died within the crash, which occurred about 5 p.m. Tuesday on the Icefields Parkway about 60 kilometres south of the Jasper townsite.
RCMP say a van carrying 5 members of a household from Louisiana and Texas was heading north when it collided with a southbound automobile, inflicting each to catch fireplace.
Angela Elkins and her son-in-law Nick Copeland died, says a Fb submit from Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson. Elkins’ husband, Curtis, and daughter, Sarah, had been taken to hospital in Edmonton in severe situation.
A toddler, Sarah and Nick Copeland’s son, survived with no accidents.
All 4 folks within the second automobile had been killed, however no particulars had been instantly out there about their identities.
Cures stated Curtis Elkins owns a pyrotechnics enterprise. The 2 obtained to know one another about 5 years in the past by their work in the marriage trade, as Cures provides the limousines and Elkins is continuously employed to arrange fireworks.
Yearly there is a bridal truthful in northern Louisiana and Cures stated he and his spouse would all the time request to be seated subsequent to the Elkins.
“They all the time have a smile on their face. They usually’re all the time simply very, very pleasant folks — good Christian folks of religion,” he stated.
4 members of the family had been making an attempt to fly to Edmonton on Wednesday, however the one industrial flights out there would have had them arrive Thursday night.
So Cures supplied to fly them on his six-seater Beechcraft Baron twin-engine airplane.
The members of the family did not have passports, so Cures labored with elected officers to have some made inside a number of hours. They travelled to the nationwide passport workplace in Sizzling Springs, Ark., to retrieve them and took off from an airfield there.
“It definitely wasn’t a simple factor to do, however it was the correct factor to do,” stated Cures. “The vital factor was that household was reunited with the younger little one and with Curtis and Curtis’ daughter final evening.”
The relations arrived at 2:30 a.m. Edmonton time on Thursday.
“I knew they weren’t going to fall asleep till they had been with
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6 killed in freeway crash south of Jasper, Alta.