Three Dead and 23 injured in bus crash in Ottawa - view

Geneva Stokes
January 14, 2019

Police say they have released the driver of a double-decker bus that crashed into a transit shelter in Ottawa and left three people dead and 23 more injured.

The city's police chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested at the scene and taken in for questioning. He wouldn't say why she was detained rather than submitting to questions voluntarily. Twenty-three people were hurt and taken to hospitals, he said.

Several 911 calls concerning "a collision involving an OC Transpo bus" poured in around 3:50 p.m. local time, a news release from the Ottawa Police said. The bus was headed to Kanata, a more distant Ottawa suburb. "It is with deep sadness that I report that there were three confirmed casualties, two of which were on a bus and one that was on the platform", Watson told reporters.

Photos from the scene reveal extensive damage to the front of the city transit bus, with the roof of a shelter well into the vehicle's second deck.

The Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigation Unit arrived to investigate the incident.

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Ottawa police said in a tweet that the crash was "serious".

While the cause of the crash is still unknown, Mailloux said he has often noted the express buses travelling through the area at high speeds.

Andrew Borle was waiting for a bus on the other side of Westboro Station when the crash took place. Another was wheeled on a gurney in obvious distress, wailing loudly enough to be heard on an overpass above. "I saw one person being lowered from the top floor in a seated position".

While the National Transportation Safety Board does remain on the scene of the crash, Bordeleau said they are not involved in the investigation but collecting data for a study being conducted on similar crashes.

On the images was the hard wrecked the Front of the bus.

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