Three young sisters are dead after a tragic farm accident in Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday night. The girls, 13-year-old Catie Bott, and her twin sisters, Dana and Jana, age 11, suffocated to death after falling into a truck load of canola seeds.
According to People Magazine on October 15, the girls were playing in the truck when they were buried alive by the canola seeds. Family members desperately tried to pull the girls out from under this pile of grain, but by the time they were able to free the girls, two were dead and one was critical.
The Calgary Sun reports that the girls fell into the truckload of canola seed and once they were pulled out, family and friends started CPR on the girls. When the first responders arrived they continued the life-saving efforts.
Catie and one of the twins were pronounced dead at the farm, but the other twin was transported in critical condition to Edmonton’s Strollery Children’s Hospital by STARS Air Ambulance. The second twin died around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, according to CTV News.
While the parents were understandably too distraught to speak with the media, they did release a statement, which included sharing how much the girls loved the farm life. The parents also said that they have no regrets raising their family on a farm. Roger and Bonita Bott have one other child, a son Caleb.
Police are working with the medical examiner’s office to determine what happened. The first responders are having a tough time dealing with the death of these three young girls, as well as this close-knit community, which is in mourning today.