No easy answers to questions swirling around fatal Ottawa bus crash

Westboro crash

Westboro crash

Three people were killed and almost two dozen were injured on Friday (Jan 11) when a double-decker bus struck a bus shelter in the Canadian capital of Ottawa during rush hour, city officials said.

The driver of OC Transpo's double-decker bus was released unconditionally pending further investigation.

A double-deck city bus smashed into a transit shelter during rush hour on Friday.

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

The investigators worked all night to identify with certainty the three victims and to make contact with their families and loved ones.

While police initially took the female driver of the bus into custody, they said Saturday she had been released without charges. It plowed along a station platform and into the overhanging roof of the transit shelter, which carved deep into the vehicle's upper level and crushed a number of seats.

The crash happened around 3:50 p.m., said paramedics. Road closures remain in place near the scene of the collision and police are asking the public to avoid the area. "I know all those impacted by this tragedy will be surrounded and supported by many", Bordeleau wrote in a tweet published late Friday evening.

Three people were killed and almost two dozen injured in a collision involving an OC Transpo double-decker bus at Westboro station Friday afternoon.

"Please keep victims, witnesses, families and our wonderful first responders in your thoughts".

She told Global News that what chilled her the most is that she'd been sitting in an identical double-decker bus as she passed, in the same upper-right section that saw the most damage from the impact.

The Ottawa Hospital said seven of its patients are in critical condition, and nine are in stable condition, across both campuses.

"Something led us to having to arrest the individual and take them to the station", Bordeleau said.

Bordeleau said the bus was at or near its full capacity at the time of the collision.

OC Transpo general manager John Manconi told reporters the bus could have been holding as many as 90 passengers and that the agency would be co-operating fully with the investigation.

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