Double-decker bus crash in Ottawa kills 3, injures at least 20

12 January, 2019, 19:58 | Author: Carlos George
  • Police and first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa on Jan. 11 2019

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

Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested at the scene and taken in for questioning, but he declined to provide further details.

The incident happened Friday at 3:50 p.m., injuring 23 and sending 17 to hospital.

Three people were killed and almost two dozen injured in a collision involving an OC Transpo double-decker bus at Westboro station Friday afternoon.

Const. Amy Gagnon says officers worked through the night and identified the three victims and contacted their families.

OC Transpo also tweeted about the crash, saying they were "keeping all those affected by the tragedy at Westboro Station today in our thoughts and prayers".

The bus has a capacity of 90 people, both sitting and standing. Officials say a total of 25 patients were taken to hospital, 14 in critical condition and 11 in serious condition.

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"Our hearts and condolences go out to all those injured, those family members who have lost loved ones and their families", Watson said.

"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.

Emergency crews were called to Westboro station in Ottawa following a collision involving a double-decker OC Transpo bus.

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

Witnesses said first responders had to break windows and use ladders to free passengers trapped on the upper deck of the bus.

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

"There was definitely people pinned and there was a bit of blood on the floor", Gill said.

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