Three dead in double-decker bus crash at busy Ottawa transit station

Three dead in double-decker bus crash at busy Ottawa transit station

Three dead in double-decker bus crash at busy Ottawa transit station

A double-deck city bus smashed into a transit shelter during rush hour on Friday.

Three people were killed and 23 others injured after an Ottawa city bus slammed into a bus shelter in the city's western Westboro neighbourhood late Friday.

Three people were killed in the accident, and over 20 were injured. Of those transported, 14 were in critical condition and 11 were in serious condition, paramedic chief Myles Cassidy said in the news conference.

Bilal Gill, a passenger on the upper deck, told broadcaster CBC News that people at the front were pinned under their seats. This meant ongoing road closures and detours in the surrounding area. Shortly after 7 p.m., police said they had completed their documentation of the crash scene and that local roads - not counting the Transitway - had reopened. "Most of the most serious injuries occurred on the upper right side of the bus".

"My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families".

"Outstanding investigators are doing that work, but it takes time", Bordeleau said.

He says they will also have to survey the wreckage using drones, go over video and data gathered from the bus and bystanders.

Two of the victims were passengers on the bus.

The bus driver involved in the crash was taken in for questioning, but she was released later that night unconditionally pending further investigation.

Politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, issued public messages of condolence and support.

Gabe Rivett-Carnac arrived at Westboro station on a double-decker bus himself about an hour before the crash. The investigation into that case found the cause was a combination of excessive speed, a hard curve before the tracks and driver distraction.

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