Police release driver in fatal Ottawa bus crash without charges

Police release driver in fatal Ottawa bus crash without charges

Ottawa Police confirm three have died and multiple people have been injured following a bus crash at the city's Westboro Station Friday afternoon.

Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested at the scene and taken in for questioning, but he declined to provide further details.

Police said investigators worked through the night to identify all three victims and contact their families and loved ones. He wouldn't say why she was detained rather than submitting to questions voluntarily.

OC Transpo also tweeted about the crash, saying they were "keeping all those affected by the tragedy at Westboro Station today in our thoughts and prayers".

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

The bus has a capacity of 90 people, both sitting and standing.

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At a press conference on Friday, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the bus collided with a shelter and hurt 23 people, some of them seriously enough that they had to be taken to hospital.

The body in charge of public transit in Canada's Capital says buses are being detoured as a result of the incident. "An investigation is now underway on the cause of the collision", Bordeleau said.

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

Bilal Gill was at the back of the Route 269 bus when the collision occurred.

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. "There was definitely people pinned".

The family reunification centre at the Churchill Seniors Centre has since been closed, but people seeking information about family members involved in Friday's crash can call the Canadian Red Cross at 1-855-797-8875.

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