Investigation into bus crash that killed 3 in Ottawa continues

Police and first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa on Jan. 11 2019

Three people have been killed and 23 others injured, some of them critically, when a double-decker bus crashed into a bus shelter at Westboro station in Ottawa in the middle of a Friday evening rush hour.

The bus driver was taken to the accident scene is fixed and should be questioned, said Ottawa police chief Charels Bordeleau.

"It's important that the public does not read into the fact that she was arrested", said Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.

He says the investigation will be lengthy as multiple agencies collaborate to piece together what happened.

Andrew Borle was waiting for a bus on the other side of Westboro Station when the crash took place.

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One of those people, Borle said, appeared to be a uniformed member of the Canadian military. The bus struck a transit shelter, resulting in 17 people injured.

The investigation will take a long time and likely would mean the closure of the busway and nearby roads for at least many hours, Bordeleau said.

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

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.

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

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Ontario's Ministry of Transportation and Transport Canada remain involved in the investigation, he added.

Paramedics said some of the passengers on the OC Transpo bus suffered critical injuries.

"I live in Carlingwood and that's my bus stop when I'm not biking". "People's bodies were being pushed up and compressed in the seats".

"There was definitely people pinned and there was a bit of blood on the floor", Gill said. The bus could have been holding as many as 90 passengers. "Thank you to the first responders who rushed to help - we're monitoring the situation closely".

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