Three killed as Ottawa bus crashes into bus shelter

Three killed as Ottawa bus crashes into bus shelter

According to reports, the incident occurred during rush hour at the busy transit station in the west end of the city.

Officials initially reported that of the three people killed, two passengers were on the bus and a third person was on the platform.

The most seriously injured, there was accordingly, in the upper deck, as Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau said.

Last night, officers detained the bus driver for questioning.

He said investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash.

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At the press conference, Graham said it will be "a long, detailed and complex investigation". Bordeleau said new information has surfaced to challenge that account, but did not provide further details.

When asked about the safety of Ottawa's transit in wake of Friday's crash and a similar 2013 crash involving an OC Transpo Bus and Via Rail train in Barrhaven that killed six, Bordeleau said Ottawans can have faith in public transportation.

The family reunification centre at the Churchill Seniors Centre has since been closed, but people seeking information about family members involved in Friday's crash can call the Canadian Red Cross at 1-855-797-8875. "It's a tragic case and we will continue to investigate what took place".

An eyewitness told the broadcaster CBC News, the seconds before the impact.

Laura McCauley also witnessed the immediate aftermath of the bus crash.

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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.

At the scene, McCauley also spoke with a woman who had been waiting for the bus when it barrelled towards the shelter.

"Seats (were) sort of piling up in front of me and heading towards me and very quickly (I) realized there was really nowhere for me to go", he recalled.

He was lucky to walk away unharmed. "There was nowhere to even escape where I was".

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