Bus rams bus shelter: Dead and injured in Ottawa

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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says three people were killed when a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa on Friday afternoon.

Bordeleau made it clear while police expect to release the scene Saturday, work collecting evidence, analyzing photos, videos and data, along with interviewing the almost 90 people on the bus is going to be a "slow, painstaking process".

The bus was towed away around 3:30 p.m.

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

The bus was nearly at its 90-passenger capacity when the crash occurred, police say. The bus also records data that police will be reviewing, added Graham.

Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested at the scene and taken in for questioning, but he declined to provide further details. Most of the serious injuries were incurred by passengers on the upper-right side of the bus. "The reasons why we arrested her are part of the investigation, we're not going to get into that, but our investigative unit is out there collecting all the evidence and then we'll see where it takes us".

Bordeleau said while people might have a number of theories about what happened, it's important to go through this investigation "step by step".

"Our report indicates that twenty-three people were injured in the collision, some very seriously, and transported to the hospital". On Saturday Bordeleau clarified that they're still reviewing where the fatalities occurred.

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

"The upper deck on the bus was compromised and several people were trapped on the upper level for a period of time", the news release said.

Police say the majority of the patients injured in the crash have been released from hospital, with one remaining in critical condition, six listed as serious and four considered stable.

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