Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Three dead, 23 injured when Ottawa bus struck transit shelter Friday

Double-decker bus crashes into bus station in Ottawa Three dead in double-decker bus crash at busy Ottawa transit station
Ellis Copeland | 12 January, 2019, 20:00

"It is with deep sadness that I report there were three confirmed casualties, two of which were on the bus and one that was on the platform", Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said at a news conference, Reuters news agency reports.

Ottawa police say they released the driver of the OC Transpo bus driver unconditionally pending further investigation after arresting her and bringing her in for questioning after the crash Friday.

Witnesses told local media the OC Transpo Route 269 bus swerved moments before slamming into the bus shelter overhang at the Westboro station west of downtown.

The investigators worked all night to identify with certainty the three victims and to make contact with their families and loved ones.

Photos posted on Twitter showed extensive damage to the front of the bus, with the roof of a shelter well into the vehicle's second deck.

Scott Street and the Transitway were closed between Westboro station and Tunney's Pasture. Emergency workers immediately rushed to the scene to rescue passengers who were trapped on the upper level.

As of 6:00 a.m. Saturday, Ottawa police said there hasn't been a change in the number of dead or injured.

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"We're taking every necessary step to establish all of the facts and will co-operate fully with any investigation", said John Manconi, the general manager of Ottawa's transit service, OC Transpo. Road closures will remain in place, and people are urged to avoid the area.

"There's no question that the weather adds complexity at the scene", said Bordeleau.

"Our (city) community has been rocked today".

There were three people killed in total - two on the bus, one on the platform.

"Please keep victims, witnesses, families and our wonderful first responders in your thoughts". "Most of the most serious injuries occurred on the upper right side of the bus".

Paramedics said it was too early to talk about fatalities.

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