Investigation underway into Ottawa bus crash

14 January, 2019, 09:05 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Double-decker bus crashes into bus station in Ottawa

Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested at the scene and would be questioned as part of an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Officials say two of the dead were passengers on the bus, and the third was on the platform at Westboro station, a major stop on the city's busway.

Ottawa police said investigators have identified all three victims and have contacted their families and loved ones.

"The upper deck on the bus was compromised and several people were trapped on the upper level for a period of time", the news release said.

The OC Transpo driver was arrested following the horrific crash at the city's busy Westboro Station.

Ottawa's mayor Jim Watson spoke at a press conference of a "grey misfortune".

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

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Sgt. Graham said six investigators are now assigned to the crash, which is expected to be a "long, detailed and complex investigation".

"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. One remains in critical condition while six others are still listed as serious and four have been upgraded to stable.

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau provided an update to media on Saturday, January 12, at 1 p.m., alongside Sgt. Cameron Graham of the force's Collisions Investigations Unit.

Myles Cassidy, the chief of the Ottawa paramedic service, said that a total of 25 patients had been transported to the hospital from the scene.

Rivett-Carnac said that the first responders seemed "cool, calm and collected" as they worked "quite systematically to gain access to the passengers on the top (of) the bus".

He says they will also have to survey the wreckage using drones, go over video and data gathered from the bus and bystanders.

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