Canada bus crash leaves 3 dead, 23 injured, officials say

Bordeleau said the bus driver, initially arrested hours after the crash, has since been released unconditionally pending further investigation. Photos posted on Twitter shows extensive damage to the front of the bus, with the roof of a shelter pushed well into the bus's second deck.

The Chief also clarified initial information the three victims killed were two passengers on the bus and a pedestrian waiting on the platform, as he said they are now getting conflicting information and will update the public as soon as possible.

"Something led us to having to arrest the individual and take them to the station", Bordeleau said.

"Most of the serious injuries were on the upper-right side of the bus", Bordeleau said.

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau provided an update to media on Saturday, January 12, at 1 p.m., alongside Sgt. Cameron Graham of the force's Collisions Investigations Unit. "Thank you to the first responders who rushed to help - we're monitoring the situation closely", Trudeau said in a tweet Friday evening.

An obviously distressed woman was seen being wheeled away from the bus on a stretcher by paramedics.

Ottawa Police said in a statement its collision investigation unit was on scene and is investigating. Despite mid-afternoon temperatures of about minus-15, it had not snowed in Ottawa Friday and the busway is treated as a top priority for the city's snowplows, salters and sanders.

"It is with deep sadness that I report there were three confirmed casualties, two of which were on the bus and one that was on the platform", Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told reporters at a news conference late on Friday.

Ottawa Emergency Services transported the injured from Westboro Station to a local hospital.

He went outside and came across a "chaotic" scene, with at least 30 emergency vehicles, including seven or eight fire trucks, and lots of police and bystanders, he said. "And there was a bit of blood on the floor", Bilal Gill said.

"I was sitting in the exact same seat; it could have easily been me", she said. "I think everyone on my bus felt the same, and then the whole way home no one was speaking".

"To the people of Ottawa, know that the rest of Ontario shares in your sorrow tonight".

  • Rogelio Becker