Three young girls, two of them 11 and the third 13, have died after they were buried in canola on a farm near Withrow, Alberta, just east of Rocky Mountain House in the central area of the province.
Rocky Mountain House RCMP say the three girls were playing on a loaded truck of canola at a family farm on Tuesday evening.
However, they became buried by the seed in the truck and started to suffocate.
They were pulled out by adults on scene, who called for emergency personnel.
RCMP say life-saving measures were attempted at length by personnel from Condor, Leslieville and Clearwater County Fire Departments, as well as the Eckville and Rocky Mountain Ambulance and members of the Rocky Mountain House RCMP.