Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Several deaths, many hurt in Ottawa bus crash

Westboro crash A double decker OC Transpo bus is shown at Westboro Transitway Station on Jan. 11 2019 after a serious collision
Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2019, 14:41

The most serious injuries occurred on the top right side of the bus, following its collision with the platform at around 4:00pm Friday. The driver of the bus was "detained on the scene and will be questioned at our police station", Bordeleau said.

"Something led us to having to arrest the individual and take them to the station", Bordeleau said.

At a press conference on Friday, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the bus collided with a shelter and hurt 23 people, some of them seriously enough that they had to be taken to hospital. Many suffered blunt trauma.

The crash took place west of downtown at 3:50 p.m., just as dusk was beginning to settle on the coldest day of the winter so far in Canada's capital. Three people died; two were believed to have been on the bus, and one person was waiting on the platform.

"Our hearts and condolences go out to all those injured [and] those family members who have lost loved ones", Watson said. "Our thoughts are also with the others on that bus, at that station, those directly involved and those who witnessed the collision". They can also contact the Red Cross at 1-855-797-8875. The bus was headed to Kanata, a more distant Ottawa suburb.

"I saw bodies flying out and it was pretty intense at the time", Borle said.

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The bus had a capacity of 90 people, both sitting and standing.

"The safety and the security of our transit system and our riders is our top priority", he said. "Thank you to the first responders who rushed to help - we're monitoring the situation closely". Video from CNN partner CTV News showed multiple emergency vehicles at the Westboro Station.

Bilal Gill, a passenger on the upper deck, told broadcaster CBC News that people at the front were pinned under their seats.

Injured passengers were being treated by paramedics on the ground surrounding the bus.

Nepean's MP said the crash reminded her of another devastating incident involving an OC Transpo bus in Barrhaven back in 2013.

Buses were being detoured as a result of the accident, OC Transpo said.

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