Fairbanks girl dies in Alberta traffic accident

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 7-year-old Fairbanks girl died Wednesday in a traffic accident south of Edmonton, Alberta.

Michelle Gustafson never regained consciousness after a car slammed into the back of the minivan in which she was seated, parked on the side of a highway, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

KIMO-TV reported Friday that five others in the minivan were injured, including the child's mother, Claudia Lively, plus Elizabeth Hissem, Ross Gustafson, 3, Emily Olsen, 7, and Sara Olsen, 7.

Investigators said the Mazda Minivan with Alaska plates was hit from behind by a car driven by Nicholas Pryde, 35, of Calgary. Two other passengers in his car were also injured. The family was headed to Calgary and Drumheller on a sightseeing trip.

Investigators said the minivan was parked on the side of a six-lane highway and one of the women was adjusting luggage on the roof when the van was hit from behind at a high rate of speed.

The speed limit on the highway is 70 mph.

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