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Family in fatal crash was moving back to Fort McMurray, friends say

A woman killed with her sister-in-law in a highway crash near Myrnam was in the midst of moving her two sons back to Fort McMurray with their dog, grieving friends say.

Beloved dog thought to have survived highway crash found dead Thursday

From left to right, Christopher Wenger, his aunt Amy Wenger, his younger brother Cameron Wenger and their boys' mother Alana Wenger. (Facebook)
A woman killed with her sister-in-law in a highway crash near Myrnam was in the midst of moving her two sons back to Fort McMurray with their dog, grieving friends say.
RCMP asked residents to look for family dog Oliver, believed to have run away from the crash site Wednesday. It was found dead Thursday night. (Supplied by Hayley Yeo)

Alana Yeo Wenger, 37, of Niagara Falls, Ont., and Amy Wenger, 32, of Victoria, B.C., died Wednesday when their northbound SUV was broadsided by a westbound semi-truck at the intersection of Highway 881 and Highway 45, 170 kilometres east of Edmonton.

Alana Yeo Wenger was driving the SUV. Her sons, ages eight and 12, went to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Their dog, Oliver, was later found dead a short distance from the crash site.

Alana Yeo Wenger's family is originally from Niagara Falls, but made their home in Fort McMurray. They had moved back to Ontario sometime after the May wildfire.

Friends on Facebook said the sisters-in-law were on a cross-country road trip, moving the boys and all their belongings from Niagara Falls back to Fort McMurray.

'I love you more than fresh air'

Eric Stiles, the partner of Amy Wenger, expressed his grief on Facebook.

"It is with great sadness to say that my best friend, wife, soul mate, partner, love of my life Amy Wenger was involved in a tragic car accident that took her life and the life of my sister-in-law Alana Yeo Wenger," Stiles wrote.

"May you rest in peace beautiful! I love you more than fresh air!"

News of the tragedy travelled quickly. Condolences and tributes on social media kept coming.

St. Michael High School in Niagara Falls published a post on its unofficial reunion page Thursday morning.

"We lost two beautiful Mustangs yesterday afternoon," Jenn Hann said of alumni Amy and Alana. "Our deepest condolences and prayers."

In another Facebook post, Sarah Iggers Moreau described Amy as "the best friend, always so fun and fun," and expressed shock that this could happen just days after she hosted her friend for a couple nights in Niagara Falls before the family left for Alberta.

"Your blankets are still in my living room and your Clamato is still in my fridge," Iggers Moreau wrote.

"You were so excited about the trip to Fort Mac. I'll always miss you."

Corrections

  • An earlier version incorrectly identified the relationship between some of the victims involved in the crash.
    Jan 20, 2017 4:10 PM MT

with files from Marion Warnica