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Three dead, 23 injured when Ottawa bus struck transit shelter Friday

Fatalities, at least 17 injured after serious bus crash at Westboro station Double-decker bus crashes into bus station in Ottawa
Deanna Wagner | 12 January, 2019, 05:24

Several people have been injured in a collision involving an OC Transpo bus at Westboro station, police say. Two of the three people killed in the crash were on the bus, while the other was standing on the platform at the time of the collision.

Several people found themselves trapped on the bus' upper level following the crash, and most serious injuries happened on the vehicle's upper right side, said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau. He wouldn't say why she was detained rather than submitting to questions voluntarily.

Photos posted on Twitter shows extensive damage to the front of the bus, with the roof of a shelter pushed well into the bus's second deck.

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.

During a press conference, Ottawa Police said the bus driver had been taken into custody. Another was wheeled on a gurney in obvious distress, wailing loudly enough to be heard on an overpass above.

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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.

"This will be a long investigation", he said.

Politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, tweeted messages of support.

The Canadian PressOttawa Mayor Jim Watson described the incident at Westboro station as "horrific" on Twitter. "My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families".

Six years ago in Ottawa, another double decker bus collided with a passenger train, killing six people.