NewsAlert: Three killed in Ottawa bus crash

Minnie Murray
January 14, 2019

Police Chief Charles Bordeleau would not say why she was arrested rather than submitting to questions voluntarily.

"The upper deck on the bus was compromised and several people were trapped on the upper level for a period of time", the news release said.

"Something led us to having to arrest the individual and take them to the station", Bordeleau said. The bus was headed to Kanata, a more distant Ottawa suburb. "Most of the most serious injuries occurred on the upper right side of the bus". "I want to express my sorrow and condolences of the Ottawa police service and other emergency services".

"Our report indicates that twenty-three people were injured in the collision, some very seriously, and transported to the hospital".

Ottawa police said in a tweet that the crash was "serious". Shortly after 7 p.m., police said they had completed their documentation of the crash scene and that local roads - not counting the Transitway - had reopened.

The crash is the second involving an Ottawa transit bus in recent years.


While the National Transportation Safety Board does remain on the scene of the crash, Bordeleau said they are not involved in the investigation but collecting data for a study being conducted on similar crashes.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how an lost control and slammed into a bus shelter at the Westboro station late Friday afternoon.

"You get a knot in the pit of your stomach". "I think everyone on my bus felt the same, and then the whole way home no one was speaking. It's not a comfortable thing to witness and I can't imagine experiencing it".

Three people were killed in the accident, and over 20 were injured.

"I was shocked to hear of this horrific incident", Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said.

"Please keep victims, witnesses, families and our unbelievable first responders in your thoughts". "I have asked staff to ensure all necessary resources are made available to assist them through this hard time", he said. Video from CNN partner CTV News showed multiple emergency vehicles at the Westboro Station.

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