Three killed as Ottawa bus crashes into bus shelter

Police and first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa on Jan. 11 2019

Mayor Jim Watson said two of those who died were on the bus and the other was in the shelter.

He said police were still investigating the cause of the crash.

Several people have been injured in a collision involving an OC Transpo bus near Westboro station, police say. The Ottawa Hospital confirmed on Twitter that it had received nine patients in critical condition from the crash.

"Most of the serious injuries were on the upper-right side of the bus", said Chief Charles Bordeleau of the Ottawa police.

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A double-decker commuter bus crashed into a passenger train in September 2013, killing six people including the bus driver.

Pictures posted to social media show a large presence of first responders at the busy transit station, and substantial damage to the front end of the bus. He wouldn't say why she was detained rather than submitting to questions voluntarily.

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Ottawa Fire Services spokesperson Danielle Cardinal said as of 4:10 p.m. that the Transitway was closed in both directions near Westboro station.

The investigation will take a long time and likely will mean the closure of the busway and nearby roads for at least many hours, Bordeleau said.

Buses were being detoured as a result of the accident, OC Transpo said.

"Such devastating news. My thoughts and condolences are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this tragedy", wrote Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who represents the area in Parliament.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he was devastated to hear of those who were killed and injured in the bus collision.

The bus has a capacity of 90 people, both sitting and standing.

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