Three dead, 23 injured when Ottawa bus struck transit shelter Friday

Double-decker bus crashes into bus station in Ottawa

Ottawa Police confirm three have died and multiple people have been injured following a bus crash at the city's Westboro Station Friday afternoon.

Several people found themselves trapped on the bus' upper level following the crash, and most serious injuries happened on the vehicle's upper right side, said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.

The westbound 269 bus to Kanata hit the shelter at the busy transit station in the west end of Ottawa just before 4 p.m. local time (2100 UTC) on Friday.

Three people were killed and almost two dozen injured in a collision involving an OC Transpo double-decker bus at Westboro station Friday afternoon. Their names will not be released at this time.

OC Transpo said its Saturday routes serving Westboro and Dominion stations are on detour between Lincoln Fields and Tunney's Pasture stations due to the shutdown.

The Ottawa Police Service Crash Investigation Unit is also on site and will look into this incident.

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

The three have not been identified by Ottawa police. "Our investigators will be working through the night and into the morning to document the scene". "And there was a bit of blood on the floor", Bilal Gill said.

OC Transpo general manager John Manconi told reporters the bus could have been holding as many as 90 passengers and that the agency would be co-operating fully with the investigation.

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.

Police and a first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Anyone looking for information about family members can go to the Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Rd.

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