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First responders work through the night after bus crash in Ottawa kills 3, injures 23

First responders work through the night after bus crash in Ottawa kills 3, injures 23
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Ottawa police say first responders worked through the night to investigate Friday’s bus crash and identify those who lost their lives.

Three were killed and 23 were injured, including 14 in critical condition, after a double-decker bus hopped a curb and struck a transit shelter in Ottawa at about 3:50 p.m. Friday.

None of the victims’ identities have been released.

The police force said the driver of the bus, who had been detained for questioning, has been “released unconditionally pending further investigation.”

At a press conference on Friday evening, Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said “something” at the scene led police officers to arrest the driver and bring her into police headquarters.

Bordeleau said the investigation will be lengthy as multiple agencies collaborate to piece together what happened.

According to officials, two of those killed were on the bus while the third was on the platform of Westboro station, a major stop on the city’s Transitway.

The westbound bus headed to Bridlewood, in the south end of Kanata, appeared to have rammed into the shelter at the station located west of downtown Ottawa. Images taken at the scene show the front of the double-decker bus ripped off.

Fire crews used ladders to get passengers off the top level of the bus.

The bus in which six people died is towed away from the site of the fatal bus and train crash in Ottawa, Thursday, September 19, 2013. Six people died in the crash between a Via Rail train and a city bus on Wednesday.

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.

An OC Transpo bus sits where it collided with a Via Rail train during the morning commute, Wednesday September 18, 2013 in Ottawa.

Police and first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

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.

Police and first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Police and first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Police and first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

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.

Police and first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Police and first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Police and first responders work at the scene where a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

A satellite shot of the Westboro bus station in Ottawa.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his condolences Friday night following the incident, and thanked first responders who came to the aid of the injured.

“I want to send my deepest condolences to the families of victims and everyone affected by today’s tragic bus crash in Ottawa. Thank you to the first responders who rushed to help — we’re monitoring the situation closely,” his tweet read.

I want to send my deepest condolences to the families of victims and everyone affected by today’s tragic bus crash in Ottawa. Thank you to the first responders who rushed to help – we’re monitoring the situation closely.

His note was accompanied by messages from several public officials, including Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, NDP Party of Canada leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer.

Devastated to hear about those who lost their lives and were injured following the horrific bus collision at Westboro Station in Ottawa. My thoughts are with the victims and their families this evening. Thank you to the first responders who are working to help all those affected.

My heart goes out to the families of the victims in today s devastating bus crash in #Ottawa and my thoughts are with the injured. Thank you to the first responders and medical professionals in this critical time.

Deeply saddened to hear of the terrible bus accident in Westboro. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and we’re praying those injured may recover. Thank you to the first responders who are assisting all impacted.

Westboro station is still an active emergency site, and I would ask residents to stay out of the way in order to assist first responders with their work. All busses are being detoured onto Scott Street. 2/2 https://t.co/fBfDkE86v9

Along with offering condolences and thoughts to those impacted by the crash, Watson informed residents of the region that busses would be detoured onto Scott Street for the time being, so as to allow first responders to work without interruption.

In a news conference Friday evening, Watson echoed these sentiments.

“Our hearts and condolences go out to all those injured (and) those family members who have lost loved ones,” Watson said at a news conference at city hall shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday.  “Our thoughts are also with the others on that bus, at that station, those directly involved and those who witnessed the collision.”
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