Westboro crash scene to be cleared, but investigation a 'slow, painstaking process'

Westboro crash scene to be cleared, but investigation a 'slow, painstaking process'

Westboro crash scene to be cleared, but investigation a 'slow, painstaking process'

"Our report indicates that twenty-three people were injured in the collision, some very seriously, and transported to the hospital".

The bus driver, according to Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau was arrested at the scene and taken in for questioning, but he declined to provide further details.

Officials initially reported that of the three people killed, two passengers were on the bus and a third person was on the platform.

"Most of the serious injuries were on the upper-right side of the bus", Bordeleau said. Shortly after 7 p.m., police said they had completed their documentation of the crash scene and that local roads - not counting the Transitway - had reopened.

Police say the majority of the patients injured in the crash have been released from hospital, with one remaining in critical condition, six listed as serious and four considered stable.

Seats from a double-decker city bus that struck a transit shelter at the start of the afternoon rush hour on Friday, are seen on the walkway at Westboro Station in Ottawa, on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

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Sgt. Cameron Graham, of the force's collision investigation unit, said investigators would conduct multiple drone flights over the scene of the wreckage, as well as gather data from the vehicle itself and any available video surveillance.

This the second major crash in recent years involving an Ottawa transit bus.

"I saw ladders against it and I saw people getting pulled out the top and I wasn't sure what happened", she told CTV News Channel. I know that the people of Ontario have them in their hearts tonight. I felt like vomiting a couple of times.

Ottawa's mayor Jim Watson spoke at a press conference of a "grey misfortune".

"My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in Saskatchewan, tweeted his "deepest condolences to the families of victims". In that case, an investigation found that the cause was a combination of excessive speed, a hard curve before the tracks and driver distraction from video monitors showing the upper deck.

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