Three dead, 23 injured after double-decker bus crashes in Ottawa

A bus crash at Westboro Station in Ottawa

A bus crash at Westboro Station in Ottawa. Three people were killed and almost two dozen injured in a collision involving an OC Transpo double-decker bus at Westboro station Friday afternoon. Of those transported, 14 were in critical condition and 11 were in serious condition, paramedic chief Myles Cassidy said in the news conference later.

"Our hearts and condolences go out to all those injured, those family members who have lost loved ones and their families", Watson said.

Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested after the crash, but he declined to provide details on why she has been detained. "Our thoughts are also with the others on that bus, at that station, those directly involved and those who witnessed the collision".

The investigation will take a long time and likely would mean the closure of the busway and nearby roads for at least many hours, Bordeleau said.

Ottawa Police said in a statement its collision investigation unit was on scene and is investigating. "Our investigators will be working through the night and into the morning to document the scene".

A passenger who had been on the upper deck of the bus told CBC News that people at the front were pinned under their seats.

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Officials from Transport Canada and Ontario's Ministry of Transportation are also investigating.

Afternoon traffic snarled around the station as dozens of emergency personnel descended on the scene.

Police officers, he added, have experience conducting this type of investigation, particularly following an incident in 2013 when an OC Transpo double-decker bus crashed into a Via Rail passenger train in the Ottawa suburb of Barrhaven, killing five passengers and the driver.

Authorities asked people to avoid the area.

Located approximately six kilometres from Parliament Hill, Westboro is a thoroughfare for routes such as the 50 between Tunney's Pasture and Lincoln Fields, and the 97 bus that takes commuters to the airport.

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