Double-decker bus crashes into bus station in Ottawa

Double-decker bus crashes into bus station in Ottawa

Double-decker bus crashes into bus station in Ottawa

A double decker bus ripped open when it struck a bus shelter in the Canadian capital on Friday, killing three people and injuring at least 23, officials said.

The vehicle apparently jumped the curb as it approached the station and plowed along the platform, where the roof of a shelter carved deep into the vehicle's second deck.

The driver was taken to the police station for an interview and released Saturday without conditions, Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said.

Graham said police will be flying drones today to take aerial shots and they hope to clear the scene, and the accompanying roadblocks, by the end of the day.

The cause of the disaster, the police initially made no concrete information.

Rivett-Carnac said that the first responders seemed "cool, calm and collected" as they worked "quite systematically to gain access to the passengers on the top (of) the bus".

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Mike Sharp was onboard the bus at the time of the accident.

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation and Transport Canada remain involved in the investigation, he added. "Our investigators, part of their process is to determine exactly where those victims were, either on the bus or on that platform".

The press conference was aired by the local Global News outlet.

Watson publicly thanked the many politicians at various levels of government for their calls of support "as our city continues to cope with the tragic events of the past 24 hours".

Gabe Rivett-Carnac arrived at Westboro station on a double-decker bus himself about an hour before the crash. 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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