Police have released the names of three young women killed in a two-vehicle crash south of Calgary on Saturday afternoon, but have yet to reveal the name of a fourth woman who died.
A baby strapped in a car seat survived.
Joilinn Edgar, 19, Cayley Maureen Chapman, 18, and Emma Ransom, 19, all from Calgary, died when their small car slid into oncoming traffic and hit another car.
The woman driving the second car was also killed, but her baby survived with minor cuts and bruises. Her name has not been released.
"You feel sad for the families that lost loved ones, but it was a miracle that … the baby, which was strapped in his car seat properly, survived the carnage," said Cpl. A.J. Mand of Nanton RCMP.
Chapman's parents, Brenda and Jonathan Chapman, said in a statement there was "no greater loss for a parent than that of their child."
Family speaks of faith
"Our hearts go out to all the families and friends of those who have lost their loved ones in this tragic accident," they said.
"We sorely miss our lovely girl. We are thankful for the gift of her time with us and [God's] promise of eternal life. He will grab the other end of this unbearable burden and help us carry what we cannot carry alone."
In a similar statement, Ransom was remembered by her family as being "genuine, honest and full of life."
"We had Emma for a speck of time," said a statement released by Paul, Colleen, Matty, Jackson and Hannah Ransom, and Jodi Vincent.
"Although brief, Emma’s life touched so many people in so many positive ways. Her spirit will always be missed and never forgotten. We love you and will honour your memory in every way we can."
The two cars collided around 12 p.m. MT on Highway 2, about 75 kilometres from Calgary.
Police are trying to determine what caused the car carrying the young women to veer out of control, but investigators say speed and alcohol were not factors.
Crash investigators are also trying to determine if the women were wearing seatbelts.