Published: Sat, January 12, 2019

3 dead, at least 23 injured in Canada capital bus crash

3 dead, at least 23 injured in Canada capital bus crash

The third had been standing on the station platform, Watson said.

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

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Ottawa Police confirm three have died and multiple people have been injured following a bus crash at the city's Westboro Station Friday afternoon.

The Ottawa Hospital's trauma centre said it had received nine patients "in critical condition" from the collision.

Listen live to 1310 NEWS here. The driver of the bus was "detained on the scene and will be questioned at our police station", Bordeleau said.

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. "I want to express my sorrow and condolences of the Ottawa police service and other emergency services".

Injured passengers were being treated by paramedics on the ground surrounding the bus.

Three people were killed and 23 injured when a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa on Friday afternoon, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says.

"You could see the entire front portion of the bus had been demolished or cut away, and firefighters were on ladders cutting out the top floor windows", he said.

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.

Politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, tweeted messages of support.

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

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