Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Investigation into bus crash that killed 3 in Ottawa continues

Investigation into bus crash that killed 3 in Ottawa continues

Ottawa authorities said three people were killed and others were 23 injured.

Police Chief Charles Bordeleau told reporters that an investigation into the cause of the crash was underway, and that the driver of the bus had been released unconditionally following questioning.

The crash took place west of downtown at 3:50 p.m., just as dusk was beginning to settle on the coldest day of the winter so far in Canada's capital.

Twenty-three people were hurt and taken to hospitals and three people died - two on the bus and one on the platform, Watson said.

Police said investigators worked through the night to identify all three victims and contact their families and loved ones.

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While police initially took the female driver of the bus into custody, they said Saturday she had been released without charges.

Photos posted on Twitter showed extensive damage to the front of the bus, with the roof of a shelter well into the vehicle's second deck.

OC Transpo has issued notices saying detours are in effect for the Dominion and Westboro transit stations.

"Our (city) community has been rocked today".

Three people were killed and almost two dozen injured in a collision involving an OC Transpo double-decker bus at Westboro station Friday afternoon.

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"Such devastating news. My thoughts and condolences are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this tragedy", wrote Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who represents the area in Parliament. "Most of the most serious injuries occurred on the upper right side of the bus".

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

"This will be a long investigation", Bordeleau said.

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.

He says the bus was at or near its full capacity of 90 passengers at when it slammed into a bus shelter on Friday afternoon, and police will have to interview everyone on board at the time.

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

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