3 dead, at least 23 injured in Canada capital bus crash

12 January, 2019, 06:56 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Double-decker bus crashes into bus station in Ottawa

Police officers, he added, have experience conducting this type of investigation, particularly following an incident in 2013 when an OC Transpo double-decker bus crashed into a Via Rail passenger train in the Ottawa suburb of Barrhaven, killing five passengers and the driver.

Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested at the scene and taken in for questioning, but he declined to provide further details. Fourteen were in critical condition and 11 were in serious condition, paramedic chief Myles Cassidy said.

Gabe Rivett-Carnac arrived at Westboro station on a double-decker bus himself about an hour before the crash.

Authorities responded to the scene and discovered the vehicle "had run into the bus platform at Westboro station", which resulted in numerous injuries on the bus and platform, according to police. He was in his apartment across the street from the station when he started hearing sirens just after 4 p.m.

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

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"Based on the way it looked, if there was anybody at the front of the bus at the top ..." I know that the people of Ontario have them in their hearts tonight.

"I saw bodies flying out and it was pretty intense at the time", Borle said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet that he was offering his "deepest condolences to the families of victims" and thanked first responders.

The Red Cross has a number to call for anyone who suspects a family member may have been injured in the crash. Video from CNN partner CTV News showed multiple emergency vehicles at the Westboro Station.

The bus has a capacity of 90 people, both sitting and standing. In that case, an investigation found that the cause was a combination of excessive speed, a hard curve before the tracks and driver distraction from video monitors showing the upper deck.

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