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

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

"We're taking every necessary step to establish all of the facts and will co-operate fully with any investigation", said John Manconi, the general manager of Ottawa's transit service, OC Transpo.

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. Three people died; two were believed to have been on the bus, and one person was waiting on the platform.

The bus has a capacity of 90 people, both sitting and standing.

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said several people were trapped in the bus before being freed.

Bilal Gill, who was a passenger on the top level at the back, described the bus as "packed".

Ottawa Hospital's trauma center said it had received nine patients "in critical condition" from the crash. "My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families". Buses are being detoured from the area so that police officers can conduct an investigation.

Politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, tweeted messages of support. "Westboro station is still an active emergency site, and I would ask residents to stay out of the way in order to assist first responders with their work".

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"I haven't seen something of this magnitude before", he said.

Josh Chamberlain was on a bus pulling into the station and witnessed the aftermath of the collision.

Two of the victims were passengers on the bus.

He said investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash.

Police officers, he added, have experience conducting this type of investigation, particularly following an incident in 2013 when an OC Transpo double-decker bus crashed into a Via Rail passenger train in the Ottawa suburb of Barrhaven, killing five passengers and the driver.

Officials from Transport Canada and Ontario's Ministry of Transportation are also investigating.

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