Ottawa bus crash leaves 3 dead, 23 injured

Ottawa bus crash leaves 3 dead, 23 injured

Ottawa bus crash leaves 3 dead, 23 injured

Three people were killed and 23 injured when a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa on Friday afternoon, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says.

Ottawa police say they released the driver of the OC Transpo bus unconditionally pending further investigation after arresting her and bringing her in for questioning after the crash.

Ottawa Police say that the accident took place at 3:50 Westboro Station.

Investigators worked through the night and identified the three victims and contacted their families, said Const. Amy Gagnon.

OC Transpo said its Saturday routes serving Westboro and Dominion stations are on detour between Lincoln Fields and Tunney's Pasture stations due to the shutdown.

Witnesses said first responders had to break windows and use ladders to free passengers trapped on the upper deck of the bus.

OC Transpo general manager John Manconi told reporters the bus could have been holding as many as 90 passengers and that the agency would be co-operating fully with the investigation.

The Ottawa Police Service Crash Investigation Unit is also on site and will look into this incident.

He went outside and came across a "chaotic" scene, with at least 30 emergency vehicles, including seven or eight fire trucks, and lots of police and bystanders, he said.

People are being asked to avoid the area as crews help those who have been injured.

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

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

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

"As a result of the collision we have a number of injuries and some fatalities", Chief Charles Bordeleau said at the scene, a major bus station west of downtown. Of those transported, 14 were in critical condition and 11 were in serious condition.

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