Statement by Premier Ford on the OC Transpo Bus Crash

Frederick Owens
January 12, 2019

OTTAWA-Police have released the driver of a double-decker bus that crashed into a transit shelter in Ottawa and left three people dead and 23 more injured.

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

The city bus went over a curb and struck the transit shelter at around 3:50 p.m.

Government officials on all levels are offering thoughts and condolences for the victims, as well as thanks to first responders after a double-decker OC Transpo bus collision, which claimed three lives at Ottawa's Westboro Station.

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

Paramedics said a total of 25 people were taken to hospital, suggesting one of the victims could not be revived at the scene and the other two died after arriving.

Four hours after the crash, Ottawa Hospital said that seven patients were in a critical condition and nine in a stable condition.

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The body in charge of public transit in Canada's Capital says buses are being detoured as a result of the incident.

The investigation will take a long time and likely would mean the closure of the busway and nearby roads for at least many hours, Bordeleau said.

"There's no question that the weather adds complexity at the scene", said Bordeleau said.

Investigators were expected to be on the scene through the night, with frigid temperatures in Ottawa expected to dip down to minus 22 degrees Celsius overnight.

A passenger who had been on the upper deck of the bus told CBC News that people at the front were pinned under their seats. "And there was a bit of blood on the floor", Bilal Gill said.

The family reunification centre at the Churchill Seniors Centre has since been closed, but people seeking information about family members involved in Friday's crash can call the Canadian Red Cross at 1-855-797-8875.

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