Three killed, 23 hurt in Ot­tawa bus crash

Dou­ble-decker smashed into shel­ter

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Canada & World -

OT­TAWA — At least three peo­ple were killed and 23 in­jured when a dou­ble-decker city bus struck a tran­sit shel­ter in Ot­tawa on Fri­day af­ter­noon, Ot­tawa Mayor Jim Wat­son says.

The crash was west of down­town at 3:50 p.m., at the be­gin­ning of rush hour. The bus was bound for Kanata, a more dis­tant Ot­tawa sub­urb, Wat­son said at a news con­fer­ence at city hall in the evening.

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

The Ot­tawa Hospi­tal’s trauma cen­tre said it had re­ceived nine pa­tients “in crit­i­cal con­di­tion” from the col­li­sion.

Pho­tos posted on Twit­ter showed ex­ten­sive dam­age to the front of the bus, with the roof of a shel­ter well into the vehicle’s second deck.

“Most of the se­ri­ous in­juries were on the up­per-right side of the bus,” said Chief Charles Borde­leau of the Ot­tawa po­lice. “I want to ex­press my sor­row and con­do­lences of the Ot­tawa po­lice ser­vice and other emer­gency ser­vices.”

He said po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the crash. The driver of the bus was “de­tained on the scene and will be ques­tioned at our po­lice sta­tion,” Borde­leau said.

“This will be a long in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

An ob­vi­ously dis­tressed woman was seen be­ing wheeled away from the bus on a stretcher by paramedics.

Af­ter­noon traf­fic snarled around the sta­tion as dozens of emer­gency per­son­nel de­scended on the scene. Po­lice were urg­ing peo­ple to avoid the area and said roads would stay closed for many hours.

Buses were be­ing de­toured as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent, OC Transpo said.

In 2013, an Ot­tawa bus col­lided with a Via Rail train in sub­ur­ban Bar­rhaven, killing six peo­ple.

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