Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Investigation into bus crash that killed 3 in Ottawa continues

Investigation into bus crash that killed 3 in Ottawa continues

The bus has a capacity of 90 people, both sitting and standing.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the collision, detaining the driver of the OC Transpo bus for questioning. The most seriously injured, there was accordingly, in the upper deck, as Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau said.

"I'm not going to go into the details of why we arrested the driver, but the fact remains that there was an arrest done". He said he didn't yet have precise numbers.

Emergency crews were called to Westboro station in Ottawa following a collision involving a double-decker OC Transpo bus.

Paramedics said a total of 25 people were taken to the hospital, suggesting one of the victims could not be revived at the scene and the other two died after arriving.

Const. Amy Gagnon says officers worked through the night and identified the three victims and contacted their families. Of those transported, 14 were in critical condition and 11 were in serious condition, paramedic chief Myles Cassidy said in the news conference later. There were no patients taken to the CHEO, a pediatric health and research centre in Ottawa, indicating there were likely no children among the injured.

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Investigators are still trying to figure out how an lost control and slammed into a bus shelter at the Westboro station late Friday afternoon. Police have also blocked off Scott Street between McRae and Athlone avenues to cars.

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation and Transport Canada remain involved in the investigation, he added.

"I live in Carlingwood and that's my bus stop when I'm not biking". "People's bodies were being pushed up and compressed in the seats". There are several passengers with such force were trapped, rescue workers had to free them later. "There was definitely people pinned". "It was chaos at first".

According to the Ottawa Citizen, the bus was travelling west on the Transitway at around 3:50 p.m. on Friday when the crash occurred.

Those who have pictures or video of the crash are being asked to get in touch with police, while passengers on the bus missing property are also asked to reach out. "Thank you to the first responders who rushed to help - we're monitoring the situation closely".

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