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Several deaths, many hurt in Ottawa bus crash

12 January 2019, 06:58 | Glen Norman

Several deaths, many hurt in Ottawa bus crash

Several deaths, many hurt in Ottawa bus crash

The 269 is a "connexion route", operating during morning and evening rush hour, taking people between Mackenzie King station in the capital's downtown and Pinehill/Stonehaven station in Kanata.

During a press conference, Ottawa Police said the bus driver had been taken into custody.

Twenty-three people were hurt and taken to hospitals and three people died - two on the bus and one on the platform, Watson said.

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

Police chief Charles Bordeleau said "several people were trapped on the upper level" of the bus before being freed.

The Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigation Unit arrived to investigate the incident. He was in his apartment across the street from the station when he started hearing sirens just after 4 p.m. He wouldn't say why she was detained rather than submitting to questions voluntarily.

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Fourteen of the injured are in critical condition, according to Miles Cassidy, the chief of Ottawa's paramedic services.

An obviously distressed woman was seen being wheeled away from the bus on a stretcher by paramedics. I know that the people of Ontario have them in their hearts tonight. I felt like vomiting a couple of times.

"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. 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.

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In 2013, another Ottawa double-decker bus broke through a warning gate and collided with a Via Rail train in suburban Barrhaven, killing six people as the train sheared off the front of the vehicle.



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