Ot­tawa bus crash in­jured im­prov­ing

Winnipeg Free Press - - NEWS -

OT­TAWA — Those crit­i­cally in­jured when a dou­ble-decker city bus crashed into a tran­sit shel­ter in Ot­tawa on Fri­day have started get­ting bet­ter, a lo­cal hos­pi­tal said Sun­day.

The pa­tients, who had been listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, are now con­sid­ered to be in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, the Ot­tawa Hos­pi­tal said in a tweet.

Three were killed and 23 hurt when a dou­ble-decker city bus hopped a curb and col­lided with the shel­ter, tak­ing a chunk out of the ve­hi­cle’s se­cond level and crush­ing sev­eral seats.

The hos­pi­tal ini­tially said 14 pa­tients were taken to hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion — two of whom died — and 11 were in se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Mean­while, the city an­nounced that the scene of the crash, the Tran­sit­way, would re­open on Sun­day evening, more than 48 hours af­ter the col­li­sion.

It asked that mourn­ers hop­ing to leave a me­mento or me­mo­rial item do so at two des­ig­nated ar­eas: the west­bound tran­sit­way plat­form on the lower level and the north­west cor­ner of Scott and Athlone.

But in spite of the de­vel­op­ments, of­fi­cials say the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is far from over.

Ot­tawa Po­lice Chief Charles Borde­leau has said as many as 90 pas­sen­gers were on board, whom in­ves­ti­ga­tors will need to ques­tion.

Po­lice of­fi­cers are col­lab­o­rat­ing with On­tario’s Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion and Trans­port Canada to probe the in­ci­dent.

“It’s a slow, painstak­ing process,” Borde­leau said at a news con­fer­ence on Satur­day. “Our goal is to en­sure that we get it right.”

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