Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Statement by Premier Ford on the OC Transpo Bus Crash

Statement by Premier Ford on the OC Transpo Bus Crash

A double-deck city bus smashed into a transit shelter during rush hour on Friday.

The Canadian PressBuses are being detoured away from Westboro station in Ottawa after a crash left several people dead and more injured.

There were three people killed in total - two on the bus, one on the platform.

The Ottawa Hospital's trauma centre said it had received nine patients "in critical condition" from the collision.

The Canadian PressPolice said a double-decker bus collided with a transit shelter at a busy station west of downtown Ottawa.

"Our hearts and condolences go out to all those injured, those family members who have lost loved ones and their families", Watson said.

"The driver of the bus, there was a requirement for us to arrest her at the scene and she's been transported at our headquarters for interviewing", said Chief Police Charles Bordeleau. "Our thoughts are also with the others on that bus, at that station, those directly involved and those who witnessed the collision".

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.

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

Investigators were expected to be on the scene through the night, with frigid temperatures in Ottawa expected to dip down to minus 22 degrees Celsius overnight.

Officials from Transport Canada and Ontario's Ministry of Transportation are also investigating. The force of the impact tore through the bus's upper level, trapping numerous passengers inside.

People are being asked to avoid the area as crews help those who have been injured.

Afternoon traffic snarled around the station as dozens of emergency personnel descended on the scene.

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.

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