Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

3 dead, multiple injuries following bus crash in Ottawa

3 dead, multiple injuries following bus crash in Ottawa

Three people were killed and almost two dozen were injured on Friday (Jan 11) when a double-decker bus struck a bus shelter in the Canadian capital of Ottawa during rush hour, city officials said.

Nepean's MP said the crash reminded her of another devastating incident involving an OC Transpo bus in Barrhaven back in 2013.

The bus collided with the platform at the Westboro bus station at about 3:50 p.m. ET, he said.

Two of the dead were riding the bus; one was on the platform at Westboro station, a major stop on the city's busway, he said.

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"That work continues this morning and no information on the identity of the three will be released at this time", a news release stated.

Buses are being detoured as a result of the crash, OC Transpo said.

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.

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".

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He said police are now investigating what caused the collision; six officers were on site to look into the matter.

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.

Bilal Gill was at the back of the Route 269 bus when the collision occurred.

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

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OC Transpo has been struggling with a bus driver shortage and chronic service problems as they transition from busses to the new, delayed LRT line. "It started swerving, the driver couldn't get control back and it just hit the Westboro shelter", he said in an interview with CBC.

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