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

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A double decker bus ripped open when it struck a bus shelter in the Canadian capital on Friday, killing three people and injuring at least 23, officials said.

Parts of the Ottawa Transitway will remain closed today in both directions as police continue their investigation into the tragic bus crash that left three dead and almost two dozen injured yesterday afternoon.

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Four hours after the crash, Ottawa Hospital said that seven patients were in a critical condition and nine in a stable condition.

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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. "My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families".

"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.

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.

A Transportation Safety Board investigation into the Barrhaven incident concluded in 2015 that the driver of the bus was likely distracted by a video screen that he was required to monitor on the job. Emergency workers immediately rushed to the scene to rescue passengers who were trapped on the upper level. The crash snarled afternoon traffic as emergency crews descended on the scene.

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Part of the Transitway, a main artery for commuters, was closed in the aftermath of the accident, and police warned people to stay away from the area.

Buses are being detoured as a result of the crash, OC Transpo said.

Anyone looking for information about family members can go to the Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Rd.

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