Driver of tour bus involved in fatal crash near Banff a no-show for fatality inquiry

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She said members of the Calgary Police Service tried to locate Song for the hearing, but without success.

CPS have advised me they have attempted to serve him with a summons (to attend court), and his wife advised he is in China and not scheduled to return until 2021, Nugent said.

But the inquiry lawyer was able to call evidence before De Souza about the Sept. 21, 2016, death of Jing Zhang, 53, of Mississauga, at Castle Mountain, west of Banff.

Driver of tour bus involved in fatal crash near Banff a no-show for fatality inquiry
Driver of tour bus involved in fatal crash near Banff a no-show for fatality inquiry

RCMP Const. Jonathan Cook testified he arrived at a chaotic scene after being dispatched that morning to a call involving a vehicle.

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(We had) limited information that a bus had rolled over some people and potentially had gone down a hill, he told Nugent.

Driver of tour bus involved in fatal crash near Banff a no-show for fatality inquiry
Driver of tour bus involved in fatal crash near Banff a no-show for fatality inquiry

The scene was a little bit chaotic.

He said a group of people were around the bus that had gone down the hill, and apparently two persons at the bottom (were struck) and one was apparently deceased already.

Cook said the bus had travelled about 20 metres down the embankment into the Bow River.

A subsequent investigation determined that the vehicle had been left in gear, but the parking brake engaged.

The gear shift observed by both Cpl. (Chris) Blandford and the tow operator, and myself, was that it was in drive, Cook said.

Driver of tour bus involved in fatal crash near Banff a no-show for fatality inquiry
Driver of tour bus involved in fatal crash near Banff a no-show for fatality inquiry

Cook said when the bus was towed out, the brake was found to be halfway down, which impeded pulling it from the scene.

In order to remove the vehicle they had to disengage it . . . the vehicle was getting dragged up the hill.

Cook told Nugent he also inspected the ignition when he and Blandford looked at the bus while it was still partially submerged in the river.

The keys were in the ignition and it was turned to the on position, he sai

Driver of tour bus involved in fatal crash near Banff a no-show for fatality inquiry
Driver of tour bus involved in fatal crash near Banff a no-show for fatality inquiry
Driver of tour bus involved in fatal crash near Banff a no-show for fatality inquiry
Driver of tour bus involved in fatal crash near Banff a no-show for fatality inquiry