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6 Dead After City Bus Crashes Into Train In Ottawa

Wed, September 18, 2013 10:50am EDT by Emily Longeretta 2 Comments
Ottawa Train Bus Crash
AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Terry Pedwell

So scary! Officials have learned that a Via Rail train collided with an Ottawa Carlton Transit bus on September 18, and has resulted in at least six deaths.

At least 30 injuries have been reported after a train crashed into a double-decker OC Transpo bus at 8:48 a.m. ET on the southwest end of Ottawa, near the intersection of Woodroffe Ave. and Fallowfield Rd.

Ottawa Train Crashes Into Bus, Killing At Least 5

The OC Transpo bus driver and five passengers are dead, Ottawa police confirmed according to the Ottawa Citizen. 10 of the 30 who are reportedly injured are said to be in critical condition.

One passenger, Robert Kurtenbach was riding on the upper level of the bus on his way to work, when he saw the bus. “The bus didn’t appear to slow down,” he told the Citizen.

“My thoughts are with the victims of this accident,” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said, according to CNN. “Please pray for those affected and for our first responders dealing with this tragedy.”

He explained that the front of the northbound bus was badly torn apart. As for the train — which consisted of four passenger cars and a locomotive — stopped about 100 meters west of the collision. One of the four cars and the locomotive had both derailed.

There has been “multiple fatalities,” CNN affiliate, CTV News reported.

Ottawa Fire Service’s Marc Messier spoke with CTV, explaining that they had found “bodies and debris pretty much everywhere at the impact site. It’s too soon to tell if number [of fatalities] will rise.”

Passenger: ‘I Could See Bodies Lying There’

Robert was thrown forward and his leg was twisted, but feels lucky since he knows it could have been worse. “I could see bodies lying there,” he told the paper, unsure of how many people seemed seriously hurt. “More than two or three.”

He was on the top level of the bus on his way to work downtown.

He said the bus had gone about half a kilometer from the Transitway station when suddenly he was aware a train was right in front of the bus. “The bus didn’t appear to slow down,” he said.

“It’s definitely a serious scene,” Marc told CTV. “Our top priority is getting anyone with serious injuries to the hospital and getting them into proper care.”

We will continue to update you as more details become available.

— Emily Longeretta

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