Double-decker bus crash leaves 3 dead, 23 injured in Ottawa

14 January, 2019, 04:18 | Author: Angel Logan
  • A bus crash at Westboro Station in Ottawa

Three people are dead after a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa this afternoon.

Watson also said that 23 people were injured in the collision, some very seriously, and taken to hospital.

Ottawa Hospital's trauma center said it had received nine patients "in critical condition" from the crash.

He said investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash. "So we have different pieces of information right now, so we're going to correct that record".

Sgt. Cameron Graham, of the force's collision investigation unit, said investigators would conduct multiple drone flights over the scene of the wreckage, as well as gather data from the vehicle itself and any available video surveillance.

"I was sitting in the exact same seat; it could have easily been me", she said.

She says their names will not be released at this time. In the case of the death victims were according to his information, two passengers and a man who had been standing at the bus stop Westboro to the West of the city centre.

Andrew Borle was waiting for a bus on the other side of Westboro Station when the crash took place. He wouldn't say why she was detained rather than submitting to questions voluntarily.

Officials from Transport Canada and Ontario's Ministry of Transportation are also investigating.

Shortly after the crash, neither Bordeleau nor Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson would speculate on why the bus had left the road. Despite mid-afternoon temperatures of about minus-15, it hadn't snowed in Ottawa Friday and the busway is the top priority for the city's snowplows, salters and sanders.

When asked about the safety of Ottawa's transit in wake of Friday's crash and a similar 2013 crash involving an OC Transpo Bus and Via Rail train in Barrhaven that killed six, Bordeleau said Ottawans can have faith in public transportation.

"I want to send my deepest condolences to the families of victims and everyone affected by today's tragic bus crash", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.

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