Three dead, 23 injured in Ottawa bus crash

Arturo Kim
January 14, 2019

The bus was towed away around 3:30 p.m.

Sgt. Graham said six investigators are now assigned to the crash, which is expected to be a "long, detailed and complex investigation". One of the victims had been standing at the bus stop, the other two sat in the Bus.

The bus was equipped with a data recorder, according to Graham, who added while the data has yet to be analyzed, the recorder is created to survive high-impact crashes.

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau told reporters that the most serious injuries occurred on the top right side of the bus.

Several people are dead after an accident involving a double-decker bus in Ottawa this afternoon. The bus driver was arrested. He said he didn't yet have precise numbers.

Emergency crews respond to a deadly double-decker bus crash at Westboro Station in Ottawa, January 11, 2019.

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Two passengers and one person waiting on the platform died, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told reporters, adding that 23 others were injured in the crash, which he described as "horrific".

Const. Amy Gagnon says officers worked through the night and identified the three victims and contacted their families.

Four hours after the crash, Ottawa Hospital said that seven patients were in a critical condition and nine in a stable condition.

His partner usually gets off the bus at that station when coming home from work but she hadn't gone in on Friday, he said, and they were checking in with family and friends who live in the area to see if they're OK. Police have also blocked off Scott Street between McRae and Athlone avenues to cars. "It started swerving, the driver couldn't get control back and it just hit the Westboro shelter", he said in an interview with CBC. "A lot of people screamed, the people in the front were trapped under their Seats". "Definitely people were hurt". "It was chaos at first".

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.

Speaking to the media on Friday, Bordeleau suggested that the weather - icy roads and bitter minus-15 cold - could be a factor in the crash.

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