Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Double-decker bus crash in Ottawa kills 3, injures at least 20

Double-decker bus crash in Ottawa kills 3, injures at least 20

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said several people were trapped in the bus before being freed.

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. "Most of the most serious injuries occurred on the upper right side of the bus". The third had been standing on the station platform, Watson said. OC Transpo says it is working with emergency crews and will provide more information when it becomes available.

OC Transpo, which is in charge of Ottawa's public transportation, tweeted on its verified account, "Buses are being detoured as a result" of the collision. "My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families".

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Gabe Rivett-Carnac arrived at Westboro station on a double-decker bus himself about an hour before the crash. He saw first responders cutting out seats and windows from the top floor of the bus and described the front of the bus as being "essentially cut off" or "demolished". I know that the people of Ontario have them in their hearts tonight. He told CTV News Channel that his bus driver warned the passengers on his bus, saying, "Brace yourself".

Brad Muir, a retired sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police and a collision reconstruction consultant, told CTV News Channel that investigators will be downloading electronic data from the bus and reviewing eyewitness statements, road conditions and video camera surveillance. "I want to express my sorrow and condolences of the Ottawa police service and other emergency services". In that case, an investigation found that the cause was a combination of excessive speed, a hard curve before the tracks and driver distraction from video monitors showing the upper deck.

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