Three dead in double-decker bus crash at busy Ottawa transit station

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Chief Charles Bordeleau at a news conference at City Hall

Three people were killed when a double-decker bus struck Westboro Station at 3:50 p.m., Friday.

Several people have been injured in a collision involving an OC Transpo bus at Westboro station, police say.

Mayor Jim Watson said two of those who died were on the bus and the other was in the shelter.

The Ottawa Hospital's trauma centre said it had received nine patients "in critical condition" from the collision.

"Most of the serious injuries were on the upper-right side of the bus", said Chief Charles Bordeleau of the Ottawa police.

The driver was detained at the scene and he was set to be interviewed by police.

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"Like Ontarians from across the province, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the bad tragedy at Westboro station in Ottawa".

Pictures posted to social media show a large presence of first responders at the busy transit station, and substantial damage to the front end of the bus. Another was wheeled on a gurney in obvious distress, wailing loudly enough to be heard on an overpass above.

"We're taking every necessary step to establish all of the facts and will co-operate fully with any investigation", said John Manconi, the general manager of Ottawa's transit service, OC Transpo.

The Canadian PressOttawa Mayor Jim Watson described the incident at Westboro station as "horrific" on Twitter.

Part of the Transitway, a main artery for commuters, was closed in the aftermath of the accident, and police warned people to stay away from the area. "My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families".

In 2013, an Ottawa bus collided with a Via Rail train in suburban Barrhaven, killing six people.

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