Ottawa Bus Crash: Westboro Station Incident Sees Double-Decker Vehicle Strike Transit Shelter

Fatalities, at least 17 injured after serious bus crash at Westboro station

Several people have been injured in a collision involving an OC Transpo bus at Westboro station, police say.

The accident happened at 3:50 p.m. local time on Friday when the second floor of the bus struck the roof of the Westboro bus station, which is located in the city's Westboro neighborhood. The third had been standing on the station platform, Watson said.

The Ottawa Hospital's trauma centre said it had received nine patients "in critical condition" from the collision.

Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested after the crash, but he declined to provide details on why she has been detained.

An investigation is ongoing.

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

A photo from the scene shows first responders aiding an injured person on the pavement in front of the double-decker bus.

"Like Ontarians from across the province, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the awful tragedy at Westboro station in Ottawa".

"You could see the entire front portion of the bus had been demolished or cut away, and firefighters were on ladders cutting out the top floor windows", he said.

During a press conference, Ottawa Police said the bus driver had been taken into custody. "I want to express my sorrow and condolences of the Ottawa police service and other emergency services".

People are being asked to avoid the area as crews help those who have been injured.

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

Six years ago in Ottawa, another double decker bus collided with a passenger train, killing six people.

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