MILLET, Alta. — A First Nations councillor says three sisters were among five people killed in a highway crash south of Edmonton.
Kevin Buffalo with the Samson Cree Nation says the young women, in their early 20s, were members of the reserve.
He says another woman and her spouse also died.
RCMP have said all five were in a car that crashed with another vehicle south of Millet, Alta., on Tuesday afternoon.
Four of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while the fifth later died in hospital.
A person in the second vehicle suffered minor injuries.
“We’re in a lot of pain because they were young people,” said Buffalo, who added that some of those who died had young children.
“It’s going to be a trying time as we go through this process of grieving, but the community will come together as we always do.”
The First Nation also posted condolences on its website.
“We have lost good people,” said the post. “We have good memories of them while they were with us on this Earth that the Creator made. They will never be forgotten.
“We will honour them with our feasts and round dances and we will cry for them when we miss them dearly.”
The Canadian Press