3 killed, 23 in­jured in Ot­tawa bus crash

Penticton Herald - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — Three peo­ple were killed and 23 in­jured when a dou­bledecker city bus struck a tran­sit shel­ter in Ot­tawa on Fri­day af­ter­noon, Ot­tawa Mayor Jim Wat­son says.

The driver of the bus was ar­rested at the scene, Chief Charles Borde­leau of the Ot­tawa po­lice added at an evening news con­fer­ence at Ot­tawa city hall. He wouldn't say why she was de­tained rather than sub­mit­ting to ques­tions vol­un­tar­ily.

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

The crash took place west of down­town at 3:50 p.m., at the be­gin­ning of rush hour, just as dusk was be­gin­ning to set­tle on the cold­est day of the winter so far in the cap­i­tal. The bus was west­bound for Kanata, a more dis­tant Ot­tawa sub­urb, Wat­son said.

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.

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