Ottawa Bus Crash: Westboro Station Incident Sees Double-Decker Vehicle Strike Transit Shelter

Marsha Scott
January 13, 2019

Ottawa police say they released the driver of the OC Transpo bus driver unconditionally pending further investigation after arresting her and bringing her in for questioning after the crash Friday. Photos posted on Twitter shows extensive damage to the front of the bus, with the roof of a shelter pushed well into the bus's second deck.

During a news conference Friday evening, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said two passengers and one person waiting on the platform died in the "horrific" crash, and 23 were injured.

Bordeleau said the bus was at or near its full capacity at the time of the collision.

The driver was questioned by police, he said. Sgt. Cameron Graham, of the force's collision investigation unit, said investigators would conduct multiple drone flights over the scene of the wreckage, as well as gather data from the vehicle itself and any available video surveillance.

I also want to applaud the heroic efforts of our first responders, our emergency room nurses and doctors, and everyone who answered the call today.

He said investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash. Despite mid-afternoon temperatures of about minus-15, it hadn't snowed in Ottawa Friday and the busway is the top priority for the city's snowplows, salters and sanders.

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

Several people are dead after an accident involving a double-decker bus in Ottawa this afternoon. Of those transported, 14 were in critical condition and 11 were in serious condition. Bordeleau said the Ottawa Paramedic Service and Ottawa Fire Services worked the scene in partnership with the Ottawa Police.

He said he could tell there would be deaths given the devastation at the scene. "I can't see how they would've been able to get away from that", he said. The third had been standing on the station platform, Watson said. I felt like vomiting a couple of times.

"To the people of Ottawa, know that the rest of Ontario shares in your sorrow tonight".

"Please keep victims, witnesses, families and our incredible first responders in your thoughts".

- With files from David Reevely in Ottawa and Laura Kane in Vancouver.

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