3 people dead after double-decker bus crash in Ottawa

3 people dead after double-decker bus crash in Ottawa

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.

Const. Amy Gagnon says officers worked through the night and identified the three victims and contacted their families.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the collision, detaining the driver of the OC Transpo bus for questioning.

Two of the dead were riding the bus; one was on the platform at Westboro station, a major stop on the city's busway, he said.

"The upper deck on the bus was compromised and several people were trapped on the upper level for a period of time", the news release said.

On Friday, it became the site of a fatal crash by a double-decker OC Transpo bus, which hit a shelter as it was travelling the 269 route on its way to Bridlewood, which is located in the suburb of Kanata, and just under 20 kilometres away from the station. Pictures posted to social media show a large presence of first responders at the busy transit station, and substantial damage to the front end of the bus.

"Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigation Unit will continue its work at Westboro station documenting the scene", Ottawa police said in a statement.

Scott Street and the Transitway were closed between Westboro station and Tunney's Pasture. Road closures remain in place near the scene of the collision and police are asking the public to avoid the area. Police say they were taken to local hospitals. "I know all those impacted by this tragedy will be surrounded and supported by many", Bordeleau wrote in a tweet published late Friday evening.

There were three people killed in total - two on the bus, one on the platform. "Most of the most serious injuries occurred on the upper right side of the bus". Of those transported, 14 were in critical condition and 11 were in serious condition.

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