Double-decker bus crashes into bus station in Ottawa

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 12, 2019

The double-decker bus appears to have crashed into the roof that hangs over the platform at the station.

Images of the crash during the afternoon rush hour showed upper deck seats hanging from a gaping hole at the front of the bus, firefighters on ladders trying to reach the injured and a lineup of 25 ambulances waiting in the biting cold to take them to hospitals.

The Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigation Unit arrived to investigate the incident.

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The bus crash that killed three people and injured as many as 17 happened at Westboro bus station, a transit access point that accommodates several routes west of downtown Ottawa.

Injured passengers were being treated by paramedics on the ground surrounding the bus. He was in his apartment across the street from the station when he started hearing sirens just after 4 p.m. Another was wheeled on a gurney in obvious distress, wailing loudly enough to be heard on an overpass above. Bordeleau said the Ottawa Paramedic Service and Ottawa Fire Services worked the scene in partnership with the Ottawa Police. The vehicle's front has been shorn off, and it appears to have struck the bus shelter. "I can't see how they would've been able to get away from that", he said. I felt like vomiting a couple of times.

Politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, tweeted messages of support. "I have asked staff to ensure all necessary resources are made available to assist them through this hard time". "Westboro station is still an active emergency site, and I would ask residents to stay out of the way in order to assist first responders with their work".

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