What we still don't know about the fatal Ottawa bus crash

14 January, 2019, 09:02 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Double-decker bus crashes into bus station in Ottawa

The driver of OC Transpo's double-decker bus was released unconditionally pending further investigation.

The crash took place at 3:50 p.m., during Friday rush hour, at Westboro station in an urban neighbourhood.

Three people were killed in the accident, and over 20 were injured.

Ottawa police said investigators have identified all three victims and have contacted their families and loved ones. Their names will not be released at this time.

OC Transpo has issued notices saying detours are in effect for the Dominion and Westboro transit stations. The force of the impact tore through the bus's top deck, with one passenger describing collapsed seats, blood on the floor and no way to escape the wreckage.

"I was shocked to hear of this horrific incident", Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said.

"It's just an very bad thing for us as a whole community, as a city, to go through", she said.

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

"Fourteen of them were in critical condition and 11 [people were] in serious condition", Cassidy added.

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

Ottawa police say there will be no quick or easy answers to questions swirling around a deadly bus crash on a busy city route.

Bordeleau made it clear while police expect to release the scene Saturday, work collecting evidence, analyzing photos, videos and data, along with interviewing the almost 90 people on the bus is going to be a "slow, painstaking process".

While the cause of the crash is still unknown, Mailloux said he has often noted the express buses travelling through the area at high speeds. One of the victims had been standing at the bus stop, the other two sat in the Bus.

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