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Double decker bus crash leaves three dead and 23 injured in Canadian capital

Last update: 12/01/2019
OTTAWA, Jan 12 (Bernama) -- A rush-hour double decker city bus crash in downtown Canada's capital here claimed the lives of three people and injured 23 others, nine of them in critical condition Friday afternoon.

The front of the bus was extensively damaged with the roof of the public bus transit shelter sliced into the vehicle's upper deck. The front portion and part of the bus side were shorn off.

The bus swerved and hit the shelter amid a biting minus 20-degree winter weather at about 4pm, according to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.

"I was shocked to hear of this horrific incident at Westboro Station. My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families." Watson said.

The site of the tragedy was at Westboro station, an urban neighbourhood, with emergency crews frantically responding including cutting seats and windows at the bus front to reach to passengers.

The shocking incident caused traffic snarls around the station as emergency personnel worked to help those injured and attend to the fatalities at the scene.

Just as the bus slammed into the shelter, there were lots of screams, with some passengers at the front being pinned under their seats, according to eye witnesses.

Police have arrested the bus driver.

The last major accident also involving a double decker here was a collision that occurred between a bus and a train in the Ottawa suburb of Barrhaven on Sept 18 2013, that killed six people.


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