An entire city mourns
Continues from front page Funeral services had begun this week for the six victims of bus No. 76.
Over 1,000 people honoured the life of Carleton University student Connor Boyd, 21, Monday, in Barrhaven.
Michael Bleakney, 57, was remembered Wednesday. While funeral services for Karen Krzyzewski, 53, ?Kyle Nash, 21, Rob More, 35, ?and the OC Transpo bus driver Dave Woodard, 45, were being planned throughout the week.
On Sunday night, about 200 people gathered to pay tribute to the victims, at a community memorial at the Cedarview Alliance Church in Barrhaven. Mayor Jim Watson also attended.
The City also deployed numerous resources to help those who witnessed or were affected by the events, cope with trauma and grief. On Tuesday, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Group teamed up to provide a free seminar.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada is responsible for looking into the cause of the crash, but said, Friday, it could take months to complete. "We’re looking at everything, everything is on the table," said TSB manager Rob Johnston.
Investigators are using data from recorders on both vehicles for clues as to what caused the crash. They’ll also be analyzing other physical evidence gathered at the scene, as well as going over witness accounts.
The TSB also said, Friday, that the train track barriers were down, when the bus crashed into the first car of the locomotive, which aligned with witness accounts.The whistle was not blown, due to whistle ban by-law for that time of day.
As the city continues to grieve, Ottawa police, have asked people not to drop off flowers or memorial notes on the Transitway where the crash occurred.
People are instead asked to drop tributes at Fallowfield Station.
"While we recognize and respect the desire of residents to express their condolences and grief, the Transitway is a bus corridor, reserved for buses and emergency vehicles," said the City of Ottawa in a media release.
"To ensure that public safety is maintained, we wish to remind residents that pedestrian access to the Transitway is prohibited."