Pregnant Filipina Dies in Vehicular Collision in Alberta, Canada

A pregnant Filipina died after her SUV collided with a fire rescue tanker in Whitecourt, Alberta early Friday morning.

The fatality was identified as Maricris Baclas, 33, who was on her way to work. The tanker at the time was responding to a fire call in Woodlands County when the Baclas’ SUV crossed the intersection of Highway 43 at Dahl Drive.

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the tanker had emergency lights on when it crossed the intersection during a red light.

Whitecourt RCMP Sgt. Tom Kalis said an analyst will conduct a detailed investigation of the crash site.

“We have an analyst on the scene and it’s a very thorough investigation of the crash,” Kalis said. “They’re going to look at everything from physical evidence of the scene, marks on the ground, damage and analysis of recording devices on the vehicles. But that’s going to be a few weeks away.”

The firefighters on board the tanker were unhurt while Baclas, who was the only occupant of the SUV, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Baclas, who was five months pregnant, got her permanent residence status in Canada last year.

A Gofundme account has been set up to help bring Baclas’ remains back to the Philippines.

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