Double-decker bus crash leaves 3 dead, 23 injured in Ottawa

Three people died when a bus hit a station platform in Ottawa Canada authorities said

Three people died when a bus hit a station platform in Ottawa Canada authorities said

According to Watson, around 03:50 p.m. [20:50 GMT] on Friday, the bus collided with a section of a shelter at the Westboro Station.

Officials say two of the dead were passengers on the bus, and the third was on the platform at Westboro station, a major stop on the city's busway. Twenty-three people were hurt and taken to hospitals, he 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.

I also want to applaud the heroic efforts of our first responders, our emergency room nurses and doctors, and everyone who answered the call today.

Chief Charles Bordeleau describes the investigation into the crash, which killed three and injured 23 more, as a painstaking process.

Three people died; two were believed to have been on the bus, and one person was waiting on the platform.

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

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"Outstanding investigators are doing that work, but it takes time", Bordeleau said.

They will also have to survey the wreckage using drones, go over video and data gathered from the bus and bystanders, said the police chief.

"There were 90 people on the bus, we have to speak to all of them", Bordeleau said at a Saturday afternoon news conference.

This is the second deadly collision involving a double-decker bus in Ottawa in the last six years. "And there was a bit of blood on the floor", he said.

"I saw ladders against it and I saw people getting pulled out the top and I wasn't sure what happened", she told CTV News Channel. I felt like vomiting a couple of times.

"Please keep victims, witnesses, families and our wonderful first responders in your thoughts".

Politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, tweeted messages of support.

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