3 dead, 23 hurt in Ottawa double-decker bus crash

Nellie Chapman
January 12, 2019

Crash Investigation Unit is continuing its investigation into the collision yesterday, which left 23 people injured and three dead.

She was arrested and brought in for questioning after the crash Friday, Ottawa police said Saturday.

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 the capital.

Three people were killed and almost two dozen injured in a collision involving an OC Transpo double-decker bus at Westboro station Friday afternoon. He wouldn't say why she was detained rather than submitting to questions voluntarily.

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

Ottawa paramedics said they were responding to a call for multiple injuries after a double-decker bus drove into a bus shelter inside the Transitway, taking off part of the shelter's structure.

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Paramedics said a total of 25 people were taken to the hospital, suggesting one of the victims could not be revived at the scene and the other two died after arriving.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson offered his sympathy on Twitter saying, "Our hearts and condolences go out to all those injured, those who lost their lives as well as to their families".

Bordeleau also said it was too early to speculate about the cause of the crash, but police would be poring over video and interviewing as many witnesses as possible.

Investigators were expected to be on the scene through the night, with frigid temperatures in Ottawa expected to dip down to minus 22 degrees Celsius overnight.

Police and a first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Emergency workers immediately rushed to the scene to rescue passengers who were trapped on the upper level.

"There was definitely people pinned and there was a bit of blood on the floor", Gill said.

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