Several people were killed and more injured when a double-decker city bus struck a transit shelter in Ottawa on Friday afternoon, Ottawa police said. 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.
Three people died; two were believed to have been on the bus, and one person was waiting on the platform.
The driver of the OC Transpo bus was released unconditionally pending further investigation she was arrested her and brought in for questioning after the crash Friday, Ottawa police said Saturday.
He says they will also have to survey the wreckage using drones, go over video and data gathered from the bus and bystanders.
"It's important that the public does not read into the fact that she was arrested", Bordeleau said.
As of 11 a.m. the Ottawa Hospital, speaking for the Civic and General campuses, said it has one patient in critical condition, six patients in serious condition, and four patients in stable condition, related to the collision. The bus was headed to Kanata, a more distant Ottawa suburb. "An investigation is now underway on the cause of the collision", Bordeleau said. "Our investigators, part of their process is to determine exactly where those victims were, either on the bus or on that platform".
Ontario's Ministry of Transportation and Transport Canada remain involved in the investigation, he added.
Ottawa's mayor Jim Watson spoke at a press conference of a "grey misfortune".
Gabe Rivett-Carnac arrived at Westboro station on a double-decker bus himself about an hour before the crash.
"I want to send my deepest condolences to the families of victims and everyone affected by today's tragic bus crash", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.