Several injuries in Ottawa bus crash, no immediate word of fatalities

Several injuries in Ottawa bus crash, no immediate word of fatalities

Several injuries in Ottawa bus crash, no immediate word of fatalities

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.

Monica Lung was on her daily bus ride home from Carleton University in Ottawa when she passed the horrific scene at Westboro station, where a double-decker bus jumped the curb and smashed into the transit shelter.

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said several people on the top section of the bus had to be freed.

"I heard a bump and I saw the bus crashing into Westboro Station", the local student told CTV Ottawa, still visibly shaken from what he had seen.

He says they will also have to survey the wreckage using drones, go over video and data gathered from the bus and bystanders.

"There's no question that the weather adds complexity at the scene", said Bordeleau. The bus driver was arrested.

"An investigation is now underway on the cause of the collision", he told reporters.

The police chief also backed away from previous reports that two of the those killed were passengers on the bus, while the third was killed on the platform of Westboro station.

The badly damaged bus remained in place for much of the day Saturday as investigators combed for clues.

Ottawa Hospital's trauma center said it had received nine patients "in critical condition" from the crash.

The bus was nearly at its 90-passenger capacity when the crash occurred, police say.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in Saskatchewan, tweeted his "deepest condolences to the families of victims".

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