Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ottawa Bus Crash: Westboro Station Incident Sees Double-Decker Vehicle Strike Transit Shelter

Ottawa Bus Crash: Westboro Station Incident Sees Double-Decker Vehicle Strike Transit Shelter

Three people were killed and almost two dozen were injured on Friday when a double-decker bus struck a bus shelter in the Canadian capital of Ottawa during rush hour, city officials said.

Three people are dead and 23 are injured after a double-decker bus filled with commuters crashed into Westboro Station in Ottawa.

The crash was west of downtown at 3:50 p.m., at the beginning of rush hour.

"It is with deep sadness that I report there were three confirmed casualties, two of which were on the bus and one that was on the platform", Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told reporters at a news conference late on Friday. Officials say a total of 25 patients were taken to hospital, 14 in critical condition and 11 in serious condition.

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.


"Like Ontarians from across the province, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the awful tragedy at Westboro station in Ottawa".

Starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sutcliffe is kicking off the show speaking with Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau. Another was wheeled on a gurney in obvious distress, wailing loudly enough to be heard on an overpass above.

"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.

OC Transpo, which is in charge of Ottawa's public transportation, tweeted on its verified account, "Buses are being detoured as a result" of the collision.

In 2013, an Ottawa bus collided with a Via Rail train in suburban Barrhaven, killing six people.

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