Ottawa bus crash leaves 3 dead, 23 injured

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A double-deck city bus smashed into a transit shelter during Friday's rush hour, and Ottawa authorities said three people were killed and 23 injured.

The westbound 269 bus to Kanata hit the shelter at the busy transit station in the west end of Ottawa just before 4 p.m. local time (2100 UTC) on Friday.

"Where I was, there was blood pooling underneath the seats just in front of me", he told CTV Ottawa, describing the immediate aftermath of the crash."People's bodies were being pushed up and compressed in the seats".

In a Saturday morning tweet, The Ottawa Hospital issued an update on the status of patients they received.

"An investigation is now underway on the cause of the collision", he told reporters. "So we have different pieces of information right now, so we're going to correct that record". This particular bus was not scheduled to stop at the Westboro station, which is another aspect being probed in the investigation.

Police Chief Charles Bordeleau would not say why she was arrested rather than submitting to questions voluntarily.

"Such devastating news. My thoughts and condolences are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this tragedy", wrote Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, who represents the area in Parliament.

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She says their names will not be released at this time.

"That was based on initial information", Bordeleau said at Saturday's press conference.

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

"I was shocked to hear of this horrific incident", Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said.

This is the second deadly collision involving a double-decker bus in Ottawa in the last six years.

In 2013, another Ottawa double-decker bus broke through a warning gate and collided with a Via Rail train in suburban Barrhaven, killing six people as the train sheared off the front of the vehicle.

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