OTTAWA – An afternoon cruise in Canada's capital turned to horror after a double-decker city bus was impaled on a passenger shelter, leaving three people dead and injured, officials said.
Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, said a victim was on the platform at the time of the collision and the other two were on board the bus.
"Our hearts and condolences go out to all who were injured," Watson said at a news conference. "Our focus now needs to be to provide care and sympathy for those affected by the accident."
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It was the second fatal accident that involved a double-decker bus in the city in less than six years.
The bus, operated by the city's transit system, OC Transpo, traveled along a road reserved for buses when it lost control to a station west of the city center at about 3:50, said Ottawa police service chief Charles Bordeleau.
Then mounted a passenger platform and crashed into a shelter. The steel and the glass on the overhang of the protection tore off the bus and was sliced through a large part of its upper deck.
Chef Bordeleau said most of the injured persons were in that part of the bus and that several people on the platform also demanded treatment.
Why the bus lost control was not ready. It was a bitter cold afternoon: officials had delivered a frost-bit warning and black ice had evolved on several roads throughout the city.
"There is no doubt that the weather contributes to the complexity of the scene," says Head of Bordeleau, although he refused to answer questions about the possible causes or condition of transit service.
He said "something led us to having caught "the bus driver, but he refused to offer any details. She was questioned Friday night.
The bus, which would take it from the center to the suburbs, was not scheduled to stop at the station where the collision occurred, and just meant to pass
Doug Ford, the premiere in Ontario, wrote on Twitter that he was "devastated to hear about those who lost their lives and were harmed after the horrific bus crash."
2013 comes another OC Transpo double-decker bus collided with a passenger passenger passenger and left six dead and 35 injured.
A federal government investigation found that the driver may have been stretched by a video screen that allowed him to monitor passengers on the upper level bus. It also required bumpers to be added to the buses, which are made in the UK.
John Manconi, chief of OC Transpo, said that buses built since that report had included bumps, but he knew if the bus on Friday's collision was among them.