Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Several deaths, many hurt in Ottawa bus crash

Several deaths, many hurt in Ottawa bus crash

A section of the Ottawa Transitway will remain closed today and police are blocking off nearby roads as they continue their investigation into the tragic bus crash that left three dead and almost two dozen injured yesterday afternoon.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, the bus was travelling west on the Transitway at around 3:50 p.m. on Friday when the crash occurred.

Two of the dead were riding the bus; one was on the platform at Westboro station, a major stop on the city's busway, he said.

Police said investigators worked through the night to identify all three victims and contact their families and loved ones.

She says their names will not be released at this time. Photos posted on Twitter shows extensive damage to the front of the bus, with the roof of a shelter pushed well into the bus's second deck.

OC Transpo said its Saturday routes serving Westboro and Dominion stations are on detour between Lincoln Fields and Tunney's Pasture stations due to the shutdown.

The driver of the bus was "detained on the scene and will be questioned at our police station", Bordeleau said.

Bordeleau also said it was too early to speculate about the cause of the crash, but police would be poring over video and interviewing as many witnesses as possible.

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Authorities asked people to avoid the area.

"Our (city) community has been rocked today".

"It is with deep sadness that I report there were three confirmed casualties, two of which were on the bus and one that was on the platform", Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told reporters at a news conference late on Friday. Of those transported, 14 were in critical condition and 11 were in serious condition.

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

The Ottawa Hospital tweeted Saturday morning that one patient is now under treatment in critical condition, six patients are in serious condition and four patients are in stable condition following Friday's crash.

Gabe Rivett-Carnac arrived at Westboro station on a double-decker bus himself about an hour before the crash.

Chief Charles Bordeleau describes the investigation into the crash, which killed three and injured 23 more, as a painstaking process.

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

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