No easy answers to questions swirling around fatal Ottawa bus crash

Westboro crash

Three people were killed and 23 others injured on Friday when a double-decker Ottawa transit bus crashed into a shelter at the city's Westboro station. It plowed along a station platform and into the overhanging roof of the transit shelter, which carved deep into the vehicle's upper level and crushed a number of seats.

The bus driver was taken to the accident scene is fixed and should be questioned, said Ottawa police chief Charels Bordeleau.

"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 went outside and came across a "chaotic" scene, with at least 30 emergency vehicles, including seven or eight fire trucks, and lots of police and bystanders, he said.

"I'm not going into the details of why we arrested the driver but the fact remains that there was an arrest done". "An investigation is now underway on the cause of the collision", Bordeleau said.

According to Miles Cassidy, the chief of Ottawa's paramedic services, many suffered blunt trauma injuries.

Those who have pictures or video of the crash are being asked to get in touch with police, while passengers on the bus missing property are also asked to reach out.

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation and Transport Canada remain involved in the investigation, he added.

Gabe Rivett-Carnac arrived at Westboro station on a double-decker bus himself about an hour before the crash.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his condolences on Twitter.

Six years ago in Ottawa, another double decker bus collided with a passenger train. The investigation into that case found the cause was a combination of excessive speed, a hard curve before the tracks and driver distraction.

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