OTTAWA (Reuters) – Three individuals have been killed and almost two dozen have been injured on Friday when a double-decker bus struck a bus shelter within the Canadian capital of Ottawa throughout rush hour, metropolis officers stated.
A part of the higher proper facet of the bus was shorn off within the collision, which occurred shortly earlier than four p.m. ET (2100 GMT) at a busy transit station within the west finish of the town.
“It’s with deep disappointment that I report there have been three confirmed casualties, two of which have been on the bus and one which was on the platform,” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson advised reporters at a information convention late on Friday.
Watson additionally stated that 23 individuals have been injured within the collision, some very critically, and brought to hospital. The Ottawa Hospital confirmed on Twitter that it had obtained 9 sufferers in vital situation from the crash.
Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau stated the bus driver was arrested on the scene and brought in for questioning, however he declined to offer additional particulars.
“An investigation is now underway on the reason for the collision,” he advised reporters.
Investigators have been anticipated to be on the scene by means of the night time, with frigid temperatures in Ottawa anticipated to dip all the way down to minus 22 Celsius (minus 7.6 Fahrenheit) in a single day.
“There’s no query that the climate provides complexity on the scene,” stated Bordeleau. It was unclear if climate contributed to the crash.
Images and video from the scene confirmed emergency responders treating various individuals on the bottom, as others used ladders to unload passengers trapped on the bus’ higher degree.
Bilal Gill, a passenger on the higher deck, advised broadcaster CBC Information that folks on the entrance have been pinned underneath their seats.
“There was positively individuals pinned. And there was a little bit of blood on the ground,” he stated.
This the second main crash in recent times involving an Ottawa transit bus. A double-decker commuter bus crashed right into a passenger prepare in September 2013, killing six individuals together with the bus driver.
Reporting by Julie Gordon in Vancouver, David Ljunngren in Ottawa and Anna Mehler Paperny in Toronto; Modifying by Sandra Maler