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Three people are killed and 23 injured when bus smashes into transit shelter in Ottawa

Three people are killed and 23 injured when bus smashes into transit shelter during rush hour in Ottawa

  • Three people were killed when the bus crashed into the shelter on Friday
  • Two of those who died were on the bus and the other was in the shelter
  • The driver was arrested after the crash and police are investigating 

Three people are dead and 23 are injured after a bus smashed into a transit shelter during Friday’s rush hour in Ottawa, Canada.

Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested after the crash, but he declined to provide details on why she has been detained. 

He said police were still investigating the cause of the crash.

 Three people are dead and 23 are injured after a bus smashed into a transit shelter. First responders are seen at the scene

A victim is seen being stretchered away by first responders at the scene of the bus crash in Ottawa, Canada on Friday

A victim is seen being stretchered away by first responders at the scene of the bus crash in Ottawa, Canada on Friday

A firefighter is seen climbing to the top of the damaged bus using a ladder

A firefighter is seen climbing to the top of the damaged bus using a ladder

Mayor Jim Watson said two of those who died were on the bus and the other was in the shelter.

Ottawa Hospital’s trauma center said it had received nine patients ‘in critical condition’ from the crash.

The accident happened at the Westboro station in a neighborhood west of downtown Ottawa.

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.

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 

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 

Police and first responders assist a man at the scene of the bus crash in Ottawa

Police and first responders assist a man at the scene of the bus crash in Ottawa

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

The crash snarled afternoon traffic as emergency crews descended on the scene.

In 2013, an Ottawa bus collided with a Via Rail train in suburban Barrhaven, killing six people.

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