RCMP Sgt. Mike Numan addresses the media at Rocky Mountain House detachment Wednesday morning.

RCMP Sgt. Mike Numan addresses the media at Rocky Mountain House detachment Wednesday morning.

Three girls die after farming incident near Rocky Mountain House

Three girls have died after they were smothered while playing in a truckload of canola on Tuesday evening near Rocky Mountain House.

Three girls have died after they were smothered while playing in a truckload of canola on Tuesday evening near Rocky Mountain House.

At 6:15 p.m. Rocky Mountain House RCMP were called to a complaint of a medical emergency at a family-owned farm near Withrow, about 15 kms east of Rocky.

The girls — two 11-year-olds and one 13-year-old — were playing on a loaded truck of canola when they became buried and were smothered by the seed in the truck.

The children were removed out of the seed by adults on scene and emergency medical personnel called.

Life-saving measures were attempted at length by emergency personnel but two of the girls died.

An 11-year-old girl was transported to the Stollery Children’s Hospital via STARS Air Ambulance in critical condition but has since died.

The Rocky Mountain House Victims Service Unit is assisting the family. No names of the deceased or injured will be released.

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