3 killed as Ottawa bus crashes into bus shelter

Three people were killed and 23 others were injured just before rush hour on Friday after a double-decker bus crashed at a busy transit station in Ottawa.

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.

Three people were killed and almost two dozen injured in a collision involving an OC Transpo double-decker bus at Westboro station Friday afternoon.

The investigators worked all night to identify with certainty the three victims and to make contact with their families and loved ones.

She says 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.

"An investigation is now underway on the cause of the collision", he told reporters.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said: "Devastated to hear about those who lost their lives and were injured following the horrific bus collision at Westboro Station in Ottawa".

John Manconi, the general manager of OC Transpo, which runs Ottawa's public transit system, said that at least 90 people could have been on the bus.

"This will be a long investigation", Bordeleau said.

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

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.

"A lot of people started screaming, people at the front who got pinned under their seats".

The driver of the OC Transpo bus was released unconditionally pending further investigation. Emergency workers immediately rushed to the scene to rescue passengers who were trapped on the upper level.

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

Vanessa Coleman