3 dead, 23 injured in Ottawa bus crash

Elias Hubbard
January 12, 2019

Three people are dead and 23 are injured after a double-decker bus filled with commuters crashed into Westboro Station in Ottawa.

The incident took place around 3:50 p.m. local time.

Mayor Jim Watson said two of those who died were on the bus and the other was in the shelter.

Several people found themselves trapped on the bus' upper level following the crash, and most serious injuries happened on the vehicle's upper right side, said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.

Images of the crash during the afternoon rush hour showed upper deck seats hanging from a gaping hole at the front of the bus, firefighters on ladders trying to reach the injured and a lineup of 25 ambulances waiting in the biting cold to take them to hospitals.

The driver was detained at the scene and he was set to be interviewed by police.

Ottawa Fire Services spokesperson Danielle Cardinal said as of 4:10 p.m. that the Transitway was closed in both directions near Westboro station. "I want to express my sorrow and condolences of the Ottawa police service and other emergency services".

An obviously distressed woman was seen being wheeled away from the bus on a stretcher by paramedics.

The investigation will take a long time and likely would mean the closure of the busway and nearby roads for at least many hours, Bordeleau said.

Afternoon traffic snarled around the station as dozens of emergency personnel descended on the scene.

Authorities asked people to avoid the area.

OC Transpo, which is in charge of Ottawa's public transportation, tweeted on its verified account, "Buses are being detoured as a result" of the collision.

Six years ago in Ottawa, another double decker bus collided with a passenger train, killing six people.

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