A farming family in Canada is in mourning after three young girls were killed after being buried alive in a truckload of canola seeds.
The girls - 13-year-old Catie Bott and her twin sisters, Dara and Jana, both 11 – were killed at their farm in Alberta on Tuesday, reports The Independent.
Family members and neighbours struggled to free the girls and perform CPR. Two of the girls died at the scene; the third was flown to a children's hospital where she died from her injuries on Wednesday afternoon.
The children's parents have issued a statement defending the decision to raise the girls on a farm.
"Our kids died living life on the farm, it is a family farm. We do not regret raising and involving our kids Catie, age 13, Dara, age 11, and Jana, age 11 on our farm. It was our life," they said.
Family friend and local pastor, Brian Allan, told the Calgary Sun: "This is your worst nightmare." He added: "They are a wonderful family and very close friends of ours."
Marcel Hacault, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, cautioned against children playing around grain, stressing that it can be more dangerous than it ever was before due to today's large collection sizes.
"Farms are getting bigger, everything is bigger, and it only takes ten seconds to get engulfed or buried by grain. You don't have near-misses anymore. You get the fatalities," he told CBC News.