Investigation into bus crash that killed 3 in Ottawa continues

Erika Holt
January 13, 2019

Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested at the scene and taken in for questioning, but he declined to provide further details.

Ottawa Hospital's trauma center said it had received nine patients "in critical condition" from the crash.

Part of the Transitway, a main artery for commuters, was closed in the aftermath of the accident, and police warned people to stay away from the area.

More information is expected to be released at a news conference scheduled for 1 p.m. EST. He wouldn't say why she was detained rather than submitting to questions voluntarily.

Brad Muir, a retired sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police and a collision reconstruction consultant, told CTV News Channel that investigators will likely be downloading electronic data from the bus and reviewing eyewitness statements, road conditions and video camera surveillance. "I have asked staff to ensure all necessary resources are made available to assist them through this hard time", he said.

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He said the upper deck of the bus was badly damaged in the crash, trapping several people inside for some time.

John Manconi, the general manager of OC Transpo, which runs Ottawa's public transit system, said that at least 90 people could have been on the bus.

Witnesses told local media the OC Transpo Route 269 bus swerved moments before slamming into the bus shelter overhang at the Westboro station west of downtown. The first seats on the upper level of the bus were crushed together.

In 2013, another Ottawa double-decker city bus broke through a warning gate and collided with a Via Rail train in suburban Barrhaven, killing six people as the train sheared off the front of the vehicle.

He said police are now investigating what caused the collision; six officers were on site to look into the matter. They can also contact the Red Cross at 1-855-797-8875.

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