Investigation into bus crash that killed three in Ottawa continues

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Chief Charles Bordeleau at a news conference at City Hall

OC Transpo general manager John Manconi told reporters the bus could have been holding as many as 90 passengers and that the agency would be co-operating fully with the investigation.

The investigators worked all night to identify with certainty the three victims and to make contact with their families and loved ones.

"The driver of the bus, there was a requirement for us to arrest her at the scene and she's been transported at our headquarters for interviewing", said Chief Police Charles Bordeleau.

Two of the dead were riding the bus and one was on the platform at Westboro station, a major stop on the city's busway, Mayor Jim Watson said. The driver was questioned by police, he said.

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.

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

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"Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigation Unit will continue its work at Westboro station documenting the scene", Ottawa police said in a statement.

The vehicle apparently jumped the curb as it approached the station and plowed along the platform, where the roof of a shelter carved deep into the vehicle's second deck.

OC Transpo has issued notices saying detours are in effect for the Dominion and Westboro transit stations.

Part of the Transitway, a main artery for commuters, was closed in the aftermath of the accident, and police warned people to stay away from the area. The first seats on the upper level of the bus were crushed together. "I know all those impacted by this tragedy will be surrounded and supported by many", Bordeleau wrote in a tweet published late Friday evening. Most of the serious injuries were incurred by passengers on the upper-right side of the bus. "My first thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families".

Paramedics said it was too early to talk about fatalities.

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