Double-decker bus crash in Ottawa kills 3, injures at least 20

Double-decker bus crash in Ottawa kills 3, injures at least 20

Double-decker bus crash in Ottawa kills 3, injures at least 20

The bus crash that killed three people and injured as many as 17 happened at Westboro bus station, a transit access point that accommodates several routes west of downtown Ottawa.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said: "Devastated to hear about those who lost their lives and were injured following the horrific bus collision at Westboro Station in Ottawa".

Two of the dead were riding the bus; one was on the platform at Westboro station, a major stop on the city's busway, Watson said.

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

The driver of the OC Transpo bus was taken into police custody for questioning, as the Ottawa Police Service continues its investigation.

Ottawa police said in a tweet that the crash was "serious".

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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.

"Like Ontarians from across the province, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the awful tragedy at Westboro station in Ottawa". The driver of the bus was "detained on the scene and will be questioned at our police station", Bordeleau said.

"You could see the entire front portion of the bus had been demolished or cut away, and firefighters were on ladders cutting out the top floor windows", he said. Police were urging people to avoid the area and said roads would stay closed for many hours.

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

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

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