Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said three people were killed and 23 others injured, some critically , when an Ottawa transit bus crashed into a shelter at the city’s Westboro Station on Friday, just before 4 p.m.
Several people were trapped on the upper deck of the bus. Images taken at the scene show the front of the double-decker bus ripped off. Fire crews used ladders to get passengers off the top level of the bus.Two of the dead were on the bus and the other was on the platform. The route doesn’t usually stop at Westboro station and express buses often pass through at high speeds. An eyewitness, told that the bus appeared to be crowded at the time of the collision. It could have been holding up to 90 passengers, standing and seating The Ottawa Hospital, which is treating some of the victims, declared a code orange, which is called when there is a disaster in the community.
The bus driver, a woman, was arrested. This will be a long investigation. Investigators will be downloading electronic data from the bus and reviewing eyewitness statements, road conditions and video camera surveillance. the Transitway was closed after accident from Tunney’s Pasture Station to Westboro Station. “Our hearts and condolences go out to all those injured (and) those family members who have lost loved ones,” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said at a news conference.