An en­tire city mourns

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion on­go­ing

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."

off any

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.