17 injured in 'serious' bus crash at Ottawa's Westboro station

17 injured in 'serious' bus crash at Ottawa's Westboro station

17 injured in 'serious' bus crash at Ottawa's Westboro station

Shortly after 7 p.m., police said they had completed their documentation of the crash scene and that local roads - not counting the Transitway - had reopened.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how an lost control and slammed into a bus shelter at the Westboro station late Friday afternoon.

"Please keep victims, witnesses, families and our incredible first responders in your thoughts".

"I was making sure where my family was". I know that the people of Ontario have them in their hearts tonight.

Graham said police will be flying drones today to take aerial shots and they hope to clear the scene, and the accompanying roadblocks, by the end of the day. The bus was westbound for Kanata, a more distant Ottawa suburb, Watson said. Police were urging people to avoid the area.

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.

"Accidents can happen", Bordeleau said, adding the service carries millions of passengers per-year, while such crashes remain a rarity. The bus driver was arrested.

The police chief also backed away from previous reports that two of the those killed were passengers on the bus, while the third was killed on the platform of Westboro station.

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

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his condolences on Twitter.

Watson publicly thanked the many politicians at various levels of government for their calls of support "as our city continues to cope with the tragic events of the past 24 hours".

"Where I was (at the back of the bus), there was blood pooling underneath the seats just in front of me", he told CTV Ottawa, describing the immediate aftermath of the crash.

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

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