Bus driver arrested after three dead, 23 injured in Ottawa bus crash

Bus driver arrested after three dead, 23 injured in Ottawa bus crash

Several people found themselves trapped on the bus' upper level following the crash, and most serious injuries happened on the vehicle's upper right side, said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.

Three people were killed and almost two dozen injured when an OC Transpo bus slammed into a bus shelter at Westboro station at the start of Friday afternoon rush hour.

Ottawa Hospital's trauma center said it had received nine patients "in critical condition" from the crash.

Ottawa Police said in a statement its collision investigation unit was on scene and is investigating.

Photos posted on Twitter shows extensive damage to the front of the bus, with the roof of a shelter pushed well into the bus's second deck. The driver of the bus was "detained on the scene and will be questioned at our police station", Bordeleau said. The third had been standing on the station platform, Watson said.

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

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An obviously distressed woman was seen being wheeled away from the bus on a stretcher by paramedics.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson offered his sympathy on Twitter saying, "Our hearts and condolences go out to all those injured, those who lost their lives as well as to their families".

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.

People are being asked to avoid the area as crews help those who have been injured.

1310 NEWS' Mark Sutcliffe is set to host two hours of special programming, following a devastating bus crash at Westboro Station.

Six years ago in Ottawa, another double decker bus collided with a passenger train, killing six people.

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