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Benton woman killed, locals injured in car wreck in Canada

A Benton woman was killed in a car wreck while visiting Canada Tuesday.

Angela Elkins and her son-in-law, Nick Copeland, of Texas, were two of six victims killed when a van crashed head-on into another vehicle on Highway 93 traveling through Jasper National Park, Alberta.

The other two occupants of the van, Curtis Elkins and his daughter, Sarah Copeland, are residents of Bossier Parish. They were taken to the hospital in serious condition. The fifth occupant, a toddler, was not injured.

All four occupants of the other vehicle involved also died in the crash.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said a preliminary investigation indicated a northbound van collided head-on with a southbound vehicle.

Both vehicles caught fire in the collision and a third vehicle went off the road when its driver tried to avoid the crash. Canadian reports said the two occupants of the third vehicle suffered minor injuries.

U.S. Congressman and Bossier City resident Mike Johnson posted on Facebook Wednesday night that family members from the United States were flying to Alberta. He added his office has been working with the FAA to ensure they can cross the border and return with no issues.

Angela Dye Elkins had five siblings, including her brother, Tim Dye, a pastor at the Freedom Church in Bossier City.

Curtis owns Pyromania Fireworks, LLC, is the Cardiac Cath and EP Lab Director at University Health Shreveport, and serves on the board for the Independence Bowl.

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