Investigation into bus crash that killed three in Ottawa continues

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Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the collision, detaining the driver of the OC Transpo bus for questioning. It plowed along the platform and into the overhanging roof of the transit shelter, carving deep into the vehicle's second deck.

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

"It is important that the public does not read into the fact that she was arrested", Bordeleau told reporters on Saturday, contradicting comments he made Friday stating that "something" at the scene led police officers to arrest the driver and bring her into police headquarters. Sgt. Cameron Graham, of the force's collision investigation unit, said investigators would conduct multiple drone flights over the scene of the wreckage, as well as gather data from the vehicle itself and any available video surveillance. "Thank you to the first responders who rushed to help - we're monitoring the situation closely", Trudeau said in a tweet Friday evening. Another was wheeled on a gurney in obvious distress, wailing loudly enough to be heard on an overpass above.

The Ottawa Police Service Crash Investigation Unit is also on site and will look into this incident.

Two of the three people killed in the crash were on the bus, while the other was standing on the platform at the time of the collision.




Ottawa police say there will be no quick or easy answers to questions swirling around a deadly bus crash on a busy city route.

Paramedics said it was too early to talk about fatalities. He was in his apartment across the street from the station when he started hearing sirens just after 4 p.m. "And there was a bit of blood on the floor", he said.

"I was sitting in the exact same seat; it could have easily been me", she said.

His partner usually gets off the bus at that station when coming home from work but she hadn't gone in on Friday, he said, and now they're checking in with all their family and friends who live in the area to see if they're OK. "It's not a comfortable thing to witness and I can't imagine experiencing it".

"Our hearts and condolences go out to all those injured [and] those family members who have lost loved ones", Watson said. In that case, an investigation found that the cause was a combination of excessive speed, a hard curve before the tracks and driver distraction from video monitors showing the upper deck.

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